1897 BARBER DIME
PCGS Nos: 4812, 4881
Circulation strikes: 10,868,533
Designer: Charles E. Barber
Diameter: 17.9 millimeters
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%
Weight: ±2.5 grams
Mintmark: None (for
Philadelphia) just below the wreath on the reverse
Images courtesy of David
Lawrence Rare Coins
year is typical of those to come: the P-mint is fairly common and 1897-O
& S fairly scarce. Surprisingly, the 1897-O with its very low mintage
has almost double the certified population of the 1897-S. Also surprising
is the fact that the O-mint is currently valued above the 1897-S. This
makes the 1897-S one of the best kept secrets of the Barber dime series.
Strikes for this year are typical of
the three mints in general, with the 1897-S being the best (but rarely
proof-like) and the 1897-O the worst."
The finest Uncirculated
examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-67's.
The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 3 PR-68's.
The finest Proof Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PRCA-68.
The finest Proof Deep Cameo examples graded by PCGS are 2 PRDC-66's.
Sources and/or recommended
"The Complete Guide To Certified Barber Coinage" by David &
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The
Professional Coin Grading Service