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Week # 188 - Who's going to have the wrong "proof"?

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QUESTION:

 

Why were no proofs coined of the 1916 Barber Dime and Quarter? confused-smiley-013.gif

 

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I think it was because 1916 was a transitional year for the dimes and quarters. Barber dimes and quarters were only made for a few months before the switch to the Mercury dimes and Standing liberty quarters. The mint was busy with making trial/pattern coins for the new designs along with the new master dies.

 

Proofs of the 1916 cents and nickels were made since these coins were not changing.

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I will guess it was because they didn't make any proofs other than cents and nickels, though they did make a few proof SLQs from what I've read. Hmmm...

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QUESTION:

 

Why were no proofs coined of the 1916 Barber Dime and Quarter?

 

ANSWER:

 

At that time the Mint would coin proofs only of those issues already made for circulation. No Barber silver was coined until mid-year, by which time the Mint was leaning toward dicontinuing proof coin sales altogether.

 

 

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