Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Quarters (1892-1916)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 8,236,000
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: $2.58 (11/26/2015)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1892 25C MS obverse 1892 25C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The dime, quarter, and half dollar designs by Chief Engraver Charles E. Barber made their debut in 1892 with production at all three operating mints. The obverse of these coins depicts a representation of Liberty not unlike that used on the Morgan dollar of 1878-1921, except that the portrait faces right instead of left. Thirteen stars are arranged around the periphery with the motto IN GOD WE TRUST at the upper rim and the date at the bottom. The reverse of the quarter and half dollar shows Barber's interpretation of the Great Seal of the United States, with the usual statutory inscriptions around the rim. The dime's reverse was that used on the Seated dime from 1860 through 1891.

The first reverse hub prepared for the quarter in 1892, known as the Type One reverse, shows the eagle's left (facing) wingtip covering only a small portion of the E in UNITED. For unknown reasons, but apparently early in the production run, this hub was replaced by the Type Two reverse that shows the eagle's left (facing) wingtip covering most of the E in UNITED. Business strikes and proofs with the Type One reverse are considerably scarcer than their Type Two counterparts.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/11/2015

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1892 25C MS
Base $ 9.50 12.00 26.00 42.00 82.00 130 145 165 205 250 300 450 660 1200 2100 6000 20000 - -
$ 90.00 - 155 175 220 275 350 550 700 1500 2800 7500 -

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Total Graded: 1688
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68

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12/14/2008 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2626, 2626/Lot# 1523 $287.50
6/16/2013 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131326/Lot# 24078 $153.93
9/23/2013 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 3449, 3449/Lot# 1350 $200.00
7/6/2014 NGC MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 200666 $264.00
10/8/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1210/Lot# 3457 $1,175.00
10/17/2014 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3504, 6058/Lot# 21109 $329.00
4/19/2015 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131517/Lot# 27244 $64.00

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