This silver mercury dime ring is made by hand in NYC. The original ring was carved in wax and cast in pure .925 reclaimed sterling silver. There is a widow in the underside of the ring showing the details of the reverse side of the coin.
The coin is set as you would a gem. No glue no wobble. This is a legacy piece that will last forever.
Engraving : You may have this piece custom engraved with a name, date, or short phrase for $25. This may add a week to the delivery time.
This piece is available in sizes 6 to 12 including half sizes.
Coin dates. Though I can't promise any particular date you are welcome to ask in the message to the shop as you check out. If I have it I will make it with that date.
The Barber dime is a ten-cent coin struck by the United States Mint from 1892 to 1916 . The coin itself was always stuck in silver as it predated the switch to silver plate in the 1960's.
This ring is made to order. I ask two weeks to cast, fabricate, set and polish this piece.
The story of the design of this coin is pretty interesting. It is fraught with intrigue. Have a read :
As early as 1879, public dissatisfaction with the Seated Liberty design was heard in Washington and Philadelphia. It was felt by many that the nation’s coin designs were second-rate, but few could have predicted how mundane a change could really be. New designs were submitted by Mint engravers throughout the early 1880s, but the only outcome was the production of a new nickel in 1883 designed by Chief Engraver Charles Barber. In 1891, when there was much discussion of a public competition for new designs for the dime, quarter dollar and half dollar, Barber reported to Mint Director James Kimball that there was no one in the country who was capable of assisting him in preparing original designs.
This same egotism was also found in one of the leading sculptors of the day, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, who confided to the Mint Director that there were only four men in the world competent to do such a redesigning: three were in France, and he was the fourth. Kimball insisted that rather than going abroad to find the best design talent available, it would be possible to find able designers in America. To that end a panel of ten of the leading artists and sculptors of the day was commissioned to judge which would be the best designs for the new coinage. Rather than make any decisions about a design competition, the panel instead rejected the terms of the competition as proposed by Mint officials on the grounds that the preparation time for plaster models was too short and the monetary compensation too paltry.
Here is the link to the rest of the story: http://www.ngccoin.com/coin-explorer/barber-dimes-pscid-30
100% Reclaimed material. The sterling silver I use to cast this ring is assayed pure .925. The silver is sourced from a bonded US company that specializes in supplying recycled metals to the jewelry trade. The dime is of course an original US minted coin not a reproduction.