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: $3.06 (10/23/2017)
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: 8/25/2016

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1892 S 25C MS
Base $ 50.00 60.00 105 150 230 370 425 560 610 675 715 900 1225 2300 5750 13000 40000 - - -
$ - - 470 585 640 - - - 1650 2650 - 18250 - -

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Total Graded: 136
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

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5/4/2005 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2005 St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Auction #372, 372/Lot# 6913 $9,775.00
2/14/2007 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2007 Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #430, 430/Lot# 3203 $2,070.00
5/5/2008 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 244, 250/Lot# 508 $4,025.00
6/17/2010 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The June 2010 Baltimore Auction, 41/Lot# 2053 $632.50
5/20/2012 PCGS VF 20   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/20/2012, 23/Lot# 50797 $137.50
5/30/2012 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1171/Lot# 8409 $517.50
7/8/2012 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 3307, 3307/Lot# 1482 $575.00

NGC Registry

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