Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Quarters (1892-1916)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 3,396,000
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.09 (10/24/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1893 O 25C MS obverse 1893 O 25C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The New Orleans Mint struck nearly a million more quarter dollars in 1893 than the previous year. Lacking the novelty of 1892's first-year status, this edition is more scarce across all grades. Gems are very elusive, while prooflike coins are quite rare. Typical of many O-Mint coins, the strike is rarely complete, with the arrow feathers quite often being incomplete.

Entirely new shipments of reverse dies were sent to the branch mints for 1893 to replace those of 1892 having their mintmarks awkwardly wedged between the tail feathers and letter R of QUARTER. The first new batch placed the mintmark far to the right, directly over the D in DOLLAR. Though this solved the technical difficulties experienced in 1892, the far right position looked odd to the eye, and a second batch of dies carried mintmarks centered above the space between the R of QUARTER and the D of DOLLAR. This proved to be the final resting place of the mintmark for the remainder of this series, but dies having the far right placement remained in use at New Orleans as late as 1895.

Varieties are few for 1893-O and include two minor RPMs that are of little interest.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/25/2016

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1893 O 25C MS
Base $ 12.00 18.00 35.00 90.00 125 180 200 240 305 380 425 475 585 925 2200 4750 12900 - - -
$ - - 210 265 315 - - 500 625 1600 2600 - 16150 -

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Total Graded: 218
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

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5/31/2004 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 670 $575.00
1/21/2008 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 214, 220/Lot# 546 $736.00
11/9/2008 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 2609, 2609/Lot# 1665 $391.00
10/18/2012 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(2), 1175/Lot# 4187 $2,115.00
12/16/2012 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/16/2012, 53/Lot# 75948 $88.00
5/19/2014 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3482, 6031/Lot# 20186 $282.00
8/17/2014 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131434/Lot# 27690 $164.50
4/27/2016 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1234/Lot# 7729 $566.35

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