Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Quarters (1892-1916)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 2,640,000
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.13 (10/19/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1892 O 25C MS obverse 1892 O 25C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Being far from the center of coin collecting activity, the New Orleans Mint issue of this new coin type was saved in much lower quantities than its Philadelphia cousin. Nevertheless, a fair number were preserved for their novelty, which existed throughout the nation among members of the general public. Gems are scarce but not rare, but superior examples grading MS 66 and higher are far more rare than for 1892(P).

Reverse dies were taken from two distinctive hubs this year. Since branch mint production typically commenced after that of the Philadelphia Mint, fewer of these dies featured the Type 1 reverse, and it is noticeably more scarce among surviving coins. Among its distinctive features is that the eagle is positioned ever so slightly higher in the field, but this proved to have little effect on a problem encountered with the mintmark placement. While the similar half dollar possessed plenty of room to fit a mintmark under the eagle's tail, the quarter dollar did not. In 1892 alone it was wedged into the tight space between the feathers and letter R of QUARTER, which led to displacement of the adjacent design features and occasional chipping of the die steel between these elements.

Doubled dies are known for both obverse and reverse. As with the Philadelphia coins, only a few of these attract collector attention, but the better ones will be attributed by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service. The one repunched date variety is a little hard to discern on worn coins but shows clear doubling of the 2 on higher-grade examples. A repunched mintmark variety is also known for 1892-O. It is quite minor and would likely go unheralded were it not for the paucity of such varieties in this series.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/25/2016

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1892 O 25C MS
Base $ 15.00 21.00 48.00 65.00 110 165 200 245 335 360 380 430 525 745 1675 4000 11000 19000 - -
$ - - 215 275 345 - 400 450 590 850 2150 4550 14750 -

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Total Graded: 457
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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7/26/2004 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2004 July New York, NY Bullet Sale #321, 321/Lot# 891 $517.50
9/6/2004 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 721 $333.50
6/27/2005 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 814 $379.50
12/12/2011 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 3188, 3188/Lot# 2184 $160.00
11/29/2012 PCGS Genuine UNC   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 8770 $193.88
4/14/2014 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3477, 6026/Lot# 20237 $376.00
6/29/2014 NGC MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 195/Lot# 204335 $348.70
5/3/2015 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131519/Lot# 21209 $282.00

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