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: $4.10 (9/23/2020)
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The reverse dies for 1893-S quarters came from two batches that entirely superseded the reverse dies used the previous year.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: 3/13/2020

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1893 S 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 38.00 62.00 120 190 225 350 430 510 620 675 715 1050 1200 2650 5350 10250 27000 - - -
$ - - 440 525 630 - 715 1150 1550 3100 7000 10750 - -
1893 S 25C MS PL
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3500 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 116
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/22/2020 1893 S 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base6115572457251771318511---112
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Total6115572457251771318521---113
 5%10%4%4%6%2%4%4%6%2%4%1%6%6%12%16%4%2%1%--- 
1893 S 25C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------22------4
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Total--------------22------4
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1893 S 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base505912323037250267482092398810781135119316391903280242995468730095161029511121
538015827741555972285494410181097115413411727220233014688607880389775105700
0000007228549441018109711541341172722023301468860788038977500
00000077188896610481116117314901815250238005078668987771003500
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Grade: F 15
Points: 230
Owner: sedraves
 
Grade: VG 10
Points: 123
Owner: Two B's Coins
 
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