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: $4.08 (9/23/2020)
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: 8/28/2020

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1896 S 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 895 2225 2700 3875 5500 6550 6875 8700 12750 17000 18000 19250 22400 27000 71000 115000 162500 - - -
$ 6200 - - - 13000 - - - - 40000 75000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 542
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VG
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 1896 S 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1692364821114814361-3512611---540
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Total1692364821114814361-3513711---542
 31%44%9%4%2%1%1%0%1%1%1%0%-1%1%2%1%0%0%--- 
1896 S 25C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------2--------2
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1896 S 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base154016872124245129943548367738004106429345514711482956216408743197361177012663145861565216775
158918322233263231783591371839024168437946044750509358836749819910414120671330414941160260
00000037183902416843794604475050935883674981991041412067133041494100
00000037594004423044654657478953576145709089671109212365139451529600
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 9736
Owner: Srotag
 
Grade: XF Details
Points: 1774
Owner: Quarterhound
 
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