Around 25 million Barber dimes were struck in 1901, which means ten-cent coins of that vintage are quite common in terms of date. However, most of these coins were minted in Philadelphia, making the New Orleans (O mintmark) and San Francisco (S) entries from that year considerably scarcer. Such is especially the case with the S-mint dime from that year.
Check out the mintage figures and values below to get the scoop on the situation:
1901 – 18,859,665; $5
1901-O – 5,620,000; $8
1901-S – 593,022; $85
1901 proof – 813; $600
*Values are for coins in a grade of Good-4, unless otherwise noted.
The 1901-S dime is considered a semi-key coin by most numismatists, and with a value of around $85 even only in Good, it is by far one of the priciest Barber dimes from the 20th century. Of course, that claim does not include proof issues, which are primarily only collected by the most intrepid of Barber dime enthusiasts.
The Barber dime was designed by U.S. Mint Chief Engraver Charles E. Barber in 1891 and was first struck in 1892, replacing the Seated Liberty dime. By 1901, the Seated Liberty dime was quickly becoming overwhelmed in circulation by the proliferation of the Barber dime.