The Barber coinage consisted of dime, quarters and half-dollars. These coins were designed by United States Mint chief engraver Charles Barber and the dimes were minted from 1892 to 1916. Barber dimes are composed of 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper. By the late 1880s, there were increasing calls for the replacement of the Seated Liberty design. Mint director Edward Leech ordered a competition to come up with a new design for the coinage. Invited artists, however, did not participate in the contest because only the winner would walk away with a cash prize. Other submissions from the public also proved to be unsuitable. Leech therefore turned to Barber, his chief engraver, to come up with the new designs. Once Barber secured Leechs approval on the designs, they were sent to President Benjamin Harrison who approved the design in November 1891. The coins design has been the subject of mixed reviews from both artists and the public. Here is one 1916 Barber Dime.