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  • 25 Cents 1892-1916, KM# 114, United States of America (USA)
  • 25 Cents 1892-1916, KM# 114, United States of America (USA)
  • 25 Cents 1892-1916, KM# 114, United States of America (USA), New Orleans Mint
  • 25 Cents 1892-1916, KM# 114, United States of America (USA), San Francisco Mint
  • 25 Cents 1892-1916, KM# 114, United States of America (USA), Denver Mint
Description

The Barber Quarter (named after the designer Charles E. Barber) was introduced in 1892, after more than five decades of use for the previous Seated Liberty motif. The series of Barber Quarters, minted continuously from 1892 until 1916, consists of 74 circulation strike issues and an additional 24 proof issues for all years up to 1915.

The 1896-S Barber Quarter is the first of a trio San Francisco Mint issues, which comprise the most difficult coins in the series. This coin had a mintage of 188,039 coins. Most recently, the piece graded NGC MS 66 sold for $57,588 at an auction held in January 2011.

The 1901-S Barber Quarter is known as the “King of Barber Coinage.” The issue has a mintage of 72,664 and is known as the most difficult coin of the series to acquire in any grade. The single finest known 1901-S Barber Quarter is graded an astounding PCGS MS68. It is believed that the coin was purchased by a collector directly from the San Francisco Mint in the year of issue, accounting for its remarkable condition. The coin was purchased at auction in March 2010 for $327,750 and then immediately resold to a collector.

The 1913-S Barber Quarter has the lowest mintage of the entire series with only 40,000 coins produced. This represents the last of the three lower mintage San Francisco coins generally considered to be key dates of the Barber Quarter series. The finest known example of the 1913-S Barber Quarter graded PCGS MS68 sold for $86,250 at auction in April 2009.

The Barber dime was designed by Charles E. Barber, Chief Engraver of The United States Mint. He also designed the quarter and half-dollar coins that bear a similar image of Lady Liberty on the obverse.

Obverse

Depicts a bust of Liberty on the obverse, facing right. She is wearing a Phrygian cap, with the word LIBERTY on the hair band. IN GOD WE TRUST is above the head with the date beneath the truncation of the neck and the designers initial “B” on the truncation. There are 13 stars representing the original states are surrounding the image, configured six to the left and seven to the right.

IN GOD WE TRUST
LIBERTY
B
1892

Reverse

Depicts the image of an eagle with its wings spread, holding arrows in one claw and an olive branch in the other. A scroll within its beak contains the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM. Above the eagle are another 13 stars, and inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and the denomination QUARTER DOLLAR are around.

The first year of the series, 1892, had dies made from two different reverse hubs. The first has the Eagle’s left wing covering only half of the “E” in UNITED. The second variety has the wing covering most of the letter. In 1900 a new obverse hub was introduced, and in 1901 a new reverse hub was introduced as well.

The mintmark for the branch mints is placed under the tail of the eagle. These are “D” for the Denver Mint, “O” for the New Orleans Mint, and “S” for the San Francisco Mint. Pieces struck at the Philadelphia Mint do not contain a mark.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
E•PLURIBUS UNUM
• QUARTER DOLLAR •

Edge

25 Cents

Barber Quarter
KM# 114 Schön# 121
Characteristics
Material Silver
Fineness 0.900
Weight 6.25 g
Diameter 24 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Mints
Denver Mint (D)
New Orleans Mint (O)
Philadelphia Mint (no mintmark)
San Francisco Mint (S)

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