The 1894-S Barber dime is a dime produced in the United States Barber coinage. It is one of the rarest and most highly prized United States coins for collectors, along with the 1804 dollar and the 1913 Liberty Head nickel. So, no wonder why this old dime that went to auction Thursday evening in Tampa sold for just under $2 million. The 1894-S dime was struck at the San Francisco Mint. Only 24 were minted, and of those, only nine are known to survive; seven are uncirculated, while two are heavily worn.
David Hall, co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Service of Santa Ana, California, told, “A couple of coins have been known among the rarest of the rare for 100 years and this is one of those numismatic icons.”
Heritage Auctions, which conducted the auction, said an experienced collector who wishes to remain anonymous outbid 15 others vying for the piece. The winner paid $1,997,500.