When I first saw these photos yesterday I was at a loss.
As I do not collect coins in MS and above but rather in high grade circulated examples, I have little experience in MS.
But what I DO have is experience in Barber dimes
So let me write down what I saw and what I thought.
First, "What an outstanding strike!"
The bow at the 6 o'clock position on the reverse: the right loop is often much worse struck than the left loop. New Orleans are the worst offenders and San Francisco produced the best examples.
On to the obverse: "There IS an eye ball!" I never noticed that before, or a least one which shows so prominently. The "LIBERTY" is about as sharp as is possible.
The detail: the more that I looked the more that I saw which I had never seen before.
But the question remains: "How do you grade it?"
Well, let's count the "dings:"
1) On the neck, along a line from the lower eye lid to the two flowing ribbons on the left side, there is a contact mark. Made by the edge of one dime hitting this one. If you have to have one of these, it is in an inconspicuous place.
2,3,4,5 --- a few more. I want to post this and I am getting impatient. And those are all on the obverse.
But none are distracting.
Just a guess.
Oh WAIT! I turned to my copy of "The Complete Guide to Barber dimes
" by David Lawrence and noted the following:
"Strike is often disappointing, luster variable."
Well, that cinched it for me!
No matter what the "numerical" grade, this coin would appeal to any true collector of the series.
I have never met a Barber Coin which I didn't like. Visit us at the Barber Coin Collectors' Society http://www.barbercoins.org/
And our big sister, the Liberty Seated Collectors' Club at http://lsccweb.org/