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: $3.15 (5/30/2017)
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
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 133
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


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9/25/2006 PCGS G 6   Teletrade Auction 2264, 2264/Lot# 1330 $58.00
5/20/2012 PCGS VF 20   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/20/2012, 23/Lot# 50797 $137.50
5/30/2012 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1171/Lot# 8408 $460.00
5/11/2014 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 803, 812/Lot# 831 $1,600.00
6/3/2014 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3893 $517.00
8/5/2014 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1208/Lot# 3600 $7,637.50
5/31/2015 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131523/Lot# 23357 $646.25
1/6/2016 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(7), 1231/Lot# 7912 $540.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1892 S 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base10612321633041864273582094510211127119312711450170725613975517671688632935810128
1111542543594926737638619701056114912191330153519913032437558407656887496140
0000007638619701056114912191330153519913032437558407656887400
0000007919039951091117112451390162122763503477565048144911600
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3975
Owner: Srotag
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 2561
Owner: Scott mathison
 
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