Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Quarters (1892-1916)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,454,535
Catalog: KM-114
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.68 (7/31/2014)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1893 S 25C MS obverse 1893 S 25C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The 1893-S entered the annals of numismatic history as a low mintage issue. The San Francisco Mint delivered 1.4 million quarters this year, a limited mintage for the era, especially when one considers that the Philadelphia Mint coined 5.4 million pieces in 1893, and the New Orleans facility produced a further 3.3 million coins. Writing in 1994 (The Complete Guide to Barber Quarters), David Lawrence states that the 1893-S is difficult to locate in all grades, especially Fine-XF and throughout the Mint State spectrum.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/26/2014

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1893 S 25C MS
Base $ 20.00 33.00 78.00 135 200 200 360 385 420 465 520 575 1025 1225 2600 6800 11750 21000 - - -
$ 230 385 410 445 500 560 635 1150 1575 3150 7900 13000 - -
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Total Graded: 105
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

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9/10/1993 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions NGC East Coast Expo Bullet Sale #114, 114/Lot# 267 $2,310.00
6/27/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 818 $385.25
11/20/2005 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2120, 2120/Lot# 1364 $380.80
1/5/2011 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(1), 1151/Lot# 3463 $4,025.00
5/30/2012 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1171/Lot# 8414 $402.50
2/22/2013 PCGS VF 35   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 7043 $235.00
6/29/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 152301 $250.00

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