From the NGC Archives: 1892 Barber Quarter

Posted on 4/10/2012

The familiar seated figure of Liberty was finally replaced with a classical bust of the goddess in 1892. Designed and sculpted by Charles Barber, the Mint's chief engraver, this popular coin type has long been named for him.

As the first of their type, a fair number of 1892 Philadelphia Mint quarters were preserved in mint state. Many still qualify as gems, but precious few can match the astonishing quality of the wonderful specimen presented here. This glorious example is a lesson in just how beautiful a coin can be. Struck from fresh dies, it is richly detailed throughout. Dazzlingly bright luster peers through a rich patina of sumptuous gold, russet, magenta and aquamarine. Pristine surfaces are the finishing touch to this memorable numismatic treat.

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