Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Quarters (1892-1916)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 188,039
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 (5/29/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1896 S 25C MS obverse 1896 S 25C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

This is the first of the Big Three rarities in the Barber Quarter series that makes its completion so challenging to collectors. It appears that the distressed economy really caught up with the San Francisco Mint, as this year's production is among the lowest recorded for the coin type. Examples are rare in all grades, with those in the higher circulated grades being in particular demand and short supply. Mint State coins are likewise rare, though there seems to be a higher percentage of gems than for most issues. It's possible that the value of this date/mint prompts multiple submissions of the same coins, skewing the census data a bit.

Two die pairs were used for this abortive coinage, and both featured the centered mintmark position. The style of S remained the same as for all quarters 1892-97, and this is helpful in detecting coins to which a mintmark has been added. One of the obverse dies clashed with its reverse, leaving fine horizontal lines visible within Liberty's ear from the shield's chief.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/25/2016

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1896 S 25C MS
Base $ 785 1650 2550 3650 5500 7000 7850 8850 9750 12000 13500 15500 19000 29000 66000 82500 110000 - - -
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Total Graded: 489
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VG
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
5/25/2008 PCGS VG 8   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3944 $1,265.00
11/6/2011 PCGS G 6   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131146/Lot# 24964 $977.50
11/29/2012 PCGS AG 3   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 8783 $470.00
1/21/2013 NGC VG 8   Teletrade Auction 3414, 3414/Lot# 1594 $1,000.00
6/2/2013 NGC XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 754, 763/Lot# 222 $5,000.00
6/5/2013 PCGS G 6   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1186/Lot# 7826 $735.55
4/1/2014 PCGS G 4   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7674 $628.63
6/29/2014 PCGS Genuine VF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 180724 $1,850.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1896 S 25C MS
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 9736
Owner: Srotag
Grade: XF Details
Points: 1774
Owner: Quarterhound
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