Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1915-S Dime is the penultimate (meaning second to the last) S-Mint Barber Dime.  Because of its smallish mintage of 960,000 coins, it has found favor with collectors.  However, it is not difficult to find examples of this date, even those that are of high quality.  Many MS62 to MS65 examples were set aside by numismatists at, or near, the time of issue; even MS66 examples rate only scarce at best.  In MS66+ and MS67, the 1915-S Dime is a true condition-rarity.  The lone PCGS-certified MS67 is, of course, from the former Simpson Collection, the way-station for most of the best Barber Dimes.

 

Diameter
17.90 millimeters
Designer
Charles E. Barber
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
960000
Weight
2.50 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Country
The United States of America
Pop Higher
0
Pop Lower
309
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 7500 R-3.5 31 / 76 TIE 31 / 76 TIE
All Grades 400 R-6.2 34 / 76 TIE 34 / 76 TIE
60 or Better 60 R-8.4 23 / 76 TIE 23 / 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 12/2014:132, $11,750

2 MS66 PCGS grade+ MS66 PCGS grade+

Heritage 10/2015:3155, $2,585 - Heritage 7/2016:3373, $3,055

2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade