Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Quarters (1892-1916)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 964,079
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.24 (2/17/2020)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1892 S 25C MS obverse 1892 S 25C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The demand for additional quarter dollars from the San Francisco Mint was low in 1892, as the previous year's production of more than two million pieces had not been fully distributed. This has led to the 1892-S quarter becoming a fairly scarce coin within the Barber series. Had this not been the first year of issue, survivors would be even more elusive, but a certain number were saved in Mint State for their novelty. Still, gems are very rare.

The two reverse hub types used for 1892 quarters are evident on the 1892-S quarters, too, but in this instance Type 1 is the more often seen. It's likely that the modest mintage didn't use up the first batch of dies quickly, and the second shipment was not truly needed. All 1892-S quarters have their mintmark centered directly under the eagle's tail feathers, a position unique to this date, as it led to premature chipping of the die in that area.

A couple of doubled-die reverses are noted for this issue, along with a minor repunched date and a more distinctive repunched mintmark. Were it not for the overall scarcity of 1892-S quarters, the RPM variety would be more popular than it is.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/1/2019

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1892 S 25C MS
Base $ 48.00 65.00 115 190 275 450 470 595 615 740 800 895 1230 2450 5750 13750 40000 - - -
$ - - 495 610 685 - - - 1650 2750 - 18350 47000 -

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Total Graded: 142
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 2/11/2020 1892 S 25C MS

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1892 S 25C MS
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3975
Owner: Srotag
Grade: MS 64
Points: 2561
Owner: Scott mathison
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