Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1909-O Dime is an underrated date in the Barber Dime series.  For example, 1909-O has a smaller number of certified Mint State examples than the 1909-D, yet the 1909-O is almost invariably priced lower then the 1909-D.  It should be the other way around.

Mint State 1909-O Dimes are not too difficult to find.  A couple dozen examples have been certified by PCGS in each grade from MS62 to MS64.  Even MS65 and MS66 examples can be found with ease; at least a dozen, if not more, are known in each of those grades.  The real challenge is to find anything better than MS66; only a few examples are known in MS66+ and MS67

The depth of the strike can be problematic on 1909-O Dimes.  Look for strong lettering on all of the obverse lettering, on the lower wreath just right of the bow, and on the grains at the top of the right side of the wreath.

Diameter
17.90 millimeters
Designer
Charles E. Barber
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
2287000
Weight
2.50 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Country
The United States of America
Pop Higher
0
Pop Lower
235
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 10000 R-3.0 39 / 76 TIE 39 / 76 TIE
All Grades 350 R-6.3 33 / 76 33 / 76
60 or Better 100 R-8.0 35 / 76 TIE 35 / 76 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2014:115, $13,512.50 - Stack's/Bowers 11/2015:20044, not sold

1 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade

Nicedimes Collection

1 MS67 PCGS grade
4 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade

Lily Nicole Collection - Heritage 4/2015:3958, $3,290

4 MS66+ PCGS grade