Beancounter I - The Number One Finest Set of All Time

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About this set: This set was started by Mike Hayes, and has been a work in progress since 1994. A substantial portion of the set was assembled from raw coins obtained by Mike, and submitted to PCGS, at the encouragement of Glenn Holsonbake. From the time the raw dimes were purchased until the time they were submitted to PCGS, the coins resided in a Dansco album. Dansco and the humidity of Florida appear to be a great environment for producing wonderfully toned coins. My goal is to continue adding to the collection with as many well struck, toned dimes as possible.

From a historical perspective the Barber dime is named for its designer, Charles E. Barber, who was the Chief Engraver at the U.S. Mint from 1879-1917. The Barber series was originally intended to be designed by a member of the public, and judged by a committee of four, one of whom was Barber himself. Of the more than 300 submissions, the committee awarded only two of them honorable mentions. Mint Director Edward Leech, a friend of Barber ultimately abandoned the idea of citizen designers and gave Barber the responsibility of developing the new design for the dime, in addition to the quarter, and half-dollar.

The dime features an image of Liberty facing right on the obverse wearing a Phrygian cap associated with emancipation, a laurel wreath with a ribbon, and a headband with the inscription "LIBERTY". The detail of the inscription and the hair below the headband are key factors in determining grade. The reverse contains a laurel wreath with the inscription "ONE DIME" which is almost identical to the design used on the Seated Dime.

The most valuable coin in the Everyman collection is the 1895-O; however it was not the most difficult coin to locate. That honor goes to the 1897-O which was finally located in AU55 on November 8, 2012. The set is AU55 or better without exception, and the list of upgrade coins is now limited to finding eye appealing AU58 coins to replace the remaining coins graded AU55. Currently the set contains 64 examples that have the AU 58 designation (including the 1893/2 overdate, the 1905 Micro O, a 1909 struck 10% off center, and a 1912-D Broadstruck out of collar, none of which are part of the Everyman Series) and another 14 examples close behind in AU 55.

I believe the AU designation makes this set significantly more challenging than its counterpart in MS. Including the 1893/2 and the 1905 Micro O, PCGS has certified 3,358 Barber dimes in AU. There are fifty four coins in the series with AU populations of less than fifty. MS coins in grades 60-63 currently total 7,062, with the entire PCGS MS population totalling 14,747. There are only eight coins in the series with MS populations less than fifty. Additional support for my argument comes from the Barber Dime Survey conducted by the Barber Coin Collectors' Society. The average rarity rating for AU coins is 2.74 verses 2.58 for MS.

I would also like to say thank you to David Lawrence Rare Coins for allowing me to use selective information from "The Complete Guide to Certified Barber Coinage" as part of my comments for many dates and mints. This book is a great source of information for any Barber enthusiast and demonstrates their committment to the Barber collector. The publications are readily available online at no charge.

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4796189210CAU5817501750This coin has all the looks of a truly original album coin, including the h...
47971892-O10CAU58410420This coin is an upgrade for the set, and was much more challenging to locat...
47981892-S10CAU58240240With wonderful eye appeal, this coin is classic in terms of its beauty. A ...
4800189310CAU58390390As the second year of issue this coin was somewhat saved although much more...
48011893-O10CAU58130130Smoky album toning is quite evident with this boldly struck coin. Deep cob...
48021893-S10CAU5513171317Another classically toned example with lots of luster still radiating throu...
4803189410CAU58291291This date is one of the few Philadelphia issues to be considered a better d...
48041894-O10CAU55125125This is a key date in the series and a truly rare find. This example is pr...
4806189510CAU581001001895 may be the toughest year in the Barber dime series, with all three exa...
48071895-O10CAU589090This is one of the few coins in the Barber Dime series where the MS version...
48081895-S10CAU58200200The toning is especially attractive on both the obverse and reverse of this...
4809189610CAU5512121212This coin ranks in the top third by total mint state population, and is pro...
48101896-O10CAU583030In terms of certified AU population (with only eleven) this is the most di...
48111896-S10CAU553434Yet another tough early date dime. With its low mintage the coin attracts ...
4812189710CAU58500500Light obverse toning with a charcol like influence turning to sea green. T...
48131897-O10CAU55112112This coin is nearly impossible to locate in AU as evidenced by the nearly t...
48141897-S10CAU556969The prior owner of this coin tells me it came from an old Philadelphia coll...
4815189810CAU58621621An upgrade from the previous 58 in this set. This coin comes in a PCGS Sec...
48161898-O10CAU589090A great example of a difficult coin that was not widely saved. This coin i...
48171898-S10CAU55115115A light toning of subtle pink and blue just begins to indicate how nice thi...
4818189910CAU58530530A really pretty coin loaded with iridescent turquoise filling the rims and ...
48191899-O10CAU589090This date and mint mark is much tougher to find, particularly well struck. ...
48201899-S10CAU58160160A wonderful example with browns turning to violet on Liberty's neck and the...
4821190010CAU58150150The irridescent rim toning is exceptional on this coin and so is the strike...
48221900-O10CAU55126126This coin has been a long-time favorite of serious dime collectors. It's s...
48231900-S10CAU58270270One of the most abundant of certified AU dimes and the last of the three Ph...
4824190110CAU58380380This coin is tougher to locate than the guides suggest and was one of the l...
48251901-O10CAU58100100A very attractive coin with consistent toning on the obverse and reverse. ...
48261901-S10CAU588080A very attractive coin with an exciting palette of golds, browns, and green...
4827190210CAU58320320This was the last coin to be located for this set, and is an excellent exam...
48281902-O10CAU5511181118The toning at the rims is quite dark, almost ink black with a just a hint ...
48291902-S10CAU5517161716An unusual blend of color on this well struck coin. In addition it's tough...
4830190310CAU58210210Subtle yet attractive toast toning makes this coin a keeper. Total PCGS AU...
48311903-O10CAU58310310A very attractive example particularly for an O mint dime. As with the 97-...
48321903-S10CAU58100100This coin is extremely difficlut to locate. It was purchased raw from an a...
4833190410CAU58200200A nice coin with muted tones of rust and turquoise. Plenty of underlying l...
48341904-S10CAU58110110Subtle blue/green toning and attractive luster over relatively unmarked sur...
4835190510CAU58280280This coin is not a difficult coin to locate. The coin is bright although d...
48361905-O10CAU58130130A beautiful coin to have in a circulated set, with a hint of champagne toni...
48371905-S10CAU58340340Dark bronze toning, with the slightest shades of rose and blue on the high ...
4838190610CAU58470470The 1906 is notorious for a weak strike, so this example is a pleasant supr...
48391906-D10CAU5513101310The first year of the Barber dime from the Denver mint and what an example ...
48401906-O10CAU584040A wonderfully toned example, with shades of brown, gold and orange on both ...
48411906-S10CAU556666The Cameo like appearance of "Liberty" makes this another must have coin fo...
4842190710CAU58410410A well struck example of this coin, and with only five AU58 graded coins th...
48431907-D10CAU5511121112A very nice AU55, this coin has a scarcity that defies easy explanation. D...
48441907-O10CAU58100100The 1907-O is one of the poorest struck dates of the series. This example ...
48451907-S10CAU58300300The previous coin in this spot was a former Eliasberg coin, but did not mat...
4846190810CAU58310310A very nice strike with subtle rim toning and soft satin luster. Liberty's...
48471908-D10CAU58200200It doesn't matter what coin/series you collect, this coin is perfect, and h...
48481908-O10CAU55119119The 1908-O is nearly impossible to find. The experts tell us the coin come...
48491908-S10CAU58200200Dick Quitmeyer at Yellow River Coins has a nice eye for Barber dimes, and t...
4850190910CAU58280280There is nothing unusual about this coin, it's pleasing, darker in color an...
48511909-D10CAU58100100I don't know Tom Casey, but in reviewing the provenance of this set, Tom's ...
48521909-O10CAU58140140The 1909-O is is typically struck softer than the other 09 dimes. This exa...
48531909-S10CAU588080A very challenging coin to locate and struck well for an 09-S. Mostly whit...
4854191010CAU584904901910-P has the highest mint population of any P-mint coin since 1898. Sati...
48551910-D10CAU588080A challenging, perhaps nearly impossible coin to locate in AU58. The coin ...
48561910-S10CAU587070Butter rum toning on both the obverse and reverse with shades of indigo on ...
4857191110CAU58980980Light gold toning on the obverse with soft yellows at the rims. The revers...
48581911-D10CAU58190190As the series progresses into the later dates R1 coins are much more prevel...
48591911-S10CAU58200200In the dime series the 1911-S has the third highest mint production of the ...
4860191210CAU5811201120The 1912 ranks in the top five of PCGS AU graded coins. Soft luster peekin...
48611912-D10CAU58530530I'm not quite sure how a silver coin becomes "rusty", but this one did it. ...
48621912-S10CAU58360360Blast white and appears quite original with plenty of cartwheel luster and ...
4863191310CAU5810911091This coin is a soft gold with an abundance of cartwheel luster, and subtle ...
48641913-S10CAU58180180This coin is extremely difficult to locate. The toning is a soft dusty ros...
4865191410CAU58760760A stunning AU 58 example, attractively toned on both sides with a chanpagne...
48661914-D10CAU58770770This example is quite nice with a strong strike, satiny mint luster, and c...
48671914-S10CAU58230230This is challenging coin to locate and should not be passed up if you locat...
4868191510CAU583303301915 was an interesting year for the Philadelphia mint as production was l...
48691915-S10CAU58170170Knowing how difficult this coin is to locate, makes it even more special to...
48701916 Barber10CAU5815701570The 1916 accounts for 6.75% of the total PCGS AU population of Barber dimes...
48711916-S Barber10CAU58610610This coin completes the set, and in grand style. Deep toning and irridesce...
Comments
Very beautiful set, quite possibly the best high AU set that will ever be assembled!
Posted @ 5/3/2014 8:44 AM By tohmba1979
Congrats on the 97o - walt
Posted @ 11/22/2012 4:27 PM By Walt
I have been so happy to see all of these coins assembled and brought the set to new heights over my raw Dansco collection. Keep up the good work, and remember, all the undergraded coins you're selling have a good home in Florida.
Posted @ 11/7/2012 9:50 AM By mfhayes
I can't believe I'm the first to comment on your set. It's simply wonderful. Great job, great pics and thanks for sharing!
Posted @ 9/29/2012 12:15 AM By wqcustom