As compared to the 20 and 30 million Barber dimes that were commonly struck each year for the bulk of the series’ foray into the 20th century, 1915 saw a relatively small production of dimes. Yes, Philadelphia did indeed mint the most dimes that year, but the number of dimes was a tiny fraction of the figures commonly encountered with Barber dimes from that facility.
Check out the mintage figures and values below:
1915 – 5,620,000; $5
1915-S – 960,000; $13
1915 proof – 450; $650
*Values are for coins in a grade of Good-4, unless otherwise noted.
While only 5.6 million Barber dimes were minted at the Philadelphia mint, the sub-million mark was hit at the San Francisco mint. That would be the last time in the Barber dime series that an issue would see a mintage figure of under 1 million for the year.
1915 was a year of several other lasts for the Barber dime, even if it was not actually the last year for the coin’s production (that would occur the following year, in 1916). 1915 would be the last full year of Barber dime production – the Mercury dime would begin late during the next year). Also, 1915 was the last year that proof Barber dimes were minted.