Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Quarters (1892-1916)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,764,681
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.04 (6/28/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1895 S 25C MS obverse 1895 S 25C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Depression of 1893-97 finally caught up with quarter dollar production, and the number of pieces struck at the San Francisco Mint in 1895 fell from the previous year. This was a preview of the far more drastic decline that was to occur in 1896.

This issue is scarce in all but the lowest grades, and values rise rapidly from Fine upward. Mint State coins are not truly rare, except at the gem (MS 65 and higher) levels. As with all S-Mint quarters of this decade, prooflike examples may be found, but most are not distinctive enough to be certified as such.

David Lawrence identified six reverse dies, only one of which features a centered mintmark. The latter position is thus quite rare, with approximately one in 15 examples seen.

Two repunched mintmark varieties are known for 1895-S. Both are fairly intriguing, yet the scarcity and higher value of this date somewhat discourages variety collecting.




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Last Updated: 8/25/2016

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1895 S 25C MS
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Base $ 23.00 35.00 85.00 140 210 285 325 390 460 535 650 850 1300 2450 3750 7000 14500 20000 - -
$ - - 335 410 485 - - 925 - 2950 - 8750 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 126
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 68


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5/1/2006 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 85: Chi Yin Collection, 90/Lot# 60 $3,162.50
6/11/2006 PCGS G 6   Teletrade Auction 2217, 2217/Lot# 1281 $35.00
8/11/2011 NGC MS 68   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(5), 1158/Lot# 7114 $13,800.00
10/18/2012 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1175/Lot# 8597 $235.00
1/6/2013 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131303/Lot# 29087 $117.50
8/18/2013 PCGS VF 25   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/18/2013, 88/Lot# 129406 $110.00
5/5/2014 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3480, 6029/Lot# 20158 $246.75


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