Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Quarters (1892-1916)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 8,236,000
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.12 (5/25/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1892 25C MS obverse 1892 25C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

As the first issue of Charles Barber's new design, 1892(P) quarters were saved in large numbers by both collectors and the general public. Mint State pieces are plentiful, and even gems are fairly common through MS 66. The number certified as prooflike, however, is quite small.

The reverse hub was modified early in 1892's production, when it was determined that these coins did not stack to the same height as an equivalent number of the preceding type. Barber took this opportunity to make a few other changes that were more readily visible. The stars above the eagle were reconfigured, and the eagle's right wingtip (viewer's left) covers most of the letter E, while on the earlier hub it covered less than half. There is no great difference in rarity between the two subtypes, as the nominally scarcer Type 1 was the more likely to be saved for the simple reason that it was the first one encountered by a curious public.

Due to its generous mintage, the 1892 Philadelphia Mint quarter dollar is rich in varieties. There are numerous doubled dies for either side. Most are too minor to attract much interest, but the better varieties are recognized by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service, as are the reverse hub subtypes.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/25/2016

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1892 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 9.50 12.00 23.00 42.00 82.00 130 140 155 200 225 245 300 430 630 1125 2150 6000 18750 - -
$ - - 150 165 210 - 275 325 550 660 1500 2900 8500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1753
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68


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2/17/1999 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1134, 1134/Lot# 1331 $228.90
7/8/2003 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23073, 23073/Lot# 13295 $212.75
5/29/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 755 $299.00
4/6/2014 PCGS MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 798, 807/Lot# 1075 $1,656.00
7/6/2014 NGC MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 200666 $264.00
7/4/2014 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3489, 6040/Lot# 21204 $1,439.38
8/15/2014 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3495, 6049/Lot# 20061 $58.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1892 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3241508913929236042347951756860262979810281309190325313730635669367555
35446310519031438144149153457961168587411211507211229304605654971420
00000038144149153457961168587411211507211229304605654900
00000040246050455159062074195112151705232133305480674200
1892 25C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base283745981513043514374895396206747458651066134519492585421766851175419740
314063116202320380454506566638698785932115915462161312950408375144160
00000038045450656663869878593211591546216131295040837500
000000408472522593656721825999125217482373367358621006400
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 2531
Owner: Srotag
 
Grade: MS 65 PL
Points: 1949
Owner: Amazon
 
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