Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Quarters (1892-1916)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,454,535
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.27 (2/20/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1893 S 25C MS obverse 1893 S 25C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

This issue had a modest mintage, and nearly all of these coin went into circulation immediately, so most survivors are quite worn. Examples grading Fine and higher are scarce, with Mint State pieces being in short supply. Gems are genuinely rare, and just a small number of coins have been certified as PL (prooflike).

The reverse dies for 1893-S quarters came from two batches that entirely superseded the reverse dies used the previous year. Having the mintmark centered directly under the eagle's tail feathers proved impractical, and the first alternative chosen was to place it far right of center, directly over letter D in DOLLAR. This looked a bit awkward, so another round of reverse dies was sent west from Philadelphia that year placed the mintmark equidistant from the feathers, letter R of QUARTER and letter D of DOLLAR. Both positions may be found for 1893-S quarters, with the far right placement comprising roughly one third of the coins seen.

Aside from the wandering mintmarks, a single variety is know for this issue. One die that originally had the mintmark placed far right was repunched with the mintmark corrected to the central location. The first punching was partially effaced, and this variety is extremely rare.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/25/2016

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1893 S 25C MS
Base $ 25.00 35.00 80.00 145 200 360 400 465 490 550 625 1075 1225 2700 5650 10000 24000 - - -
$ - - 410 475 510 - 675 1150 1575 3150 7000 10750 - -

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Total Graded: 102
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

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3/15/2006 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 2175, 2175/Lot# 1215 $476.00
9/4/2011 NGC XF 45   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1069 $299.00
11/15/2013 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1190/Lot# 33209 $2,232.50
4/27/2014 PCGS AG 3   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 801, 810/Lot# 2336 $22.00
8/5/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1208/Lot# 3601 $4,553.13
10/12/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 167694 $940.00
7/17/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 4277 $1,527.50

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