Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Quarters (1892-1916)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 542,229
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.09 (5/23/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1897 S 25C MS obverse 1897 S 25C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Though the San Francisco Mint's production of quarter dollars tripled over the number coined in 1896, the mintage of 1897-S quarters is still the fifth lowest in this coin series. Examples are very scarce to rare across all grades. Mint State survivors are in very short supply. The census data may be a bit misleading as to the number of gem (MS 65) coins certified, since this rare issue warrants multiple submissions in an attempt to get a still higher grade.

David Lawrence identified two reverse dies having the far right position that dates from an 1893 shipment, this being the last gasp for these leftover dies. A single reverse is known for 1897-S on which the mintmark has the more suitable location above and between letters R D of QUARTER DOLLAR. The centered S is extremely rare within this already rare date/mint. In an article in The Journal of the Barber Coin Collectors' Society, Rich Dula reported that only one in every 15 examples is of this position.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/25/2016

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1897 S 25C MS
Base $ 120 175 325 600 885 1150 1275 1450 1550 1800 1900 2050 2600 3900 6900 11250 31000 46500 - -
$ - - - - 1700 - - - - - 9500 15275 - -

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Total Graded: 210
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 68

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Auction Prices Realized

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8/2/2006 PCGS AG 3   Teletrade Auction 2240, 2240/Lot# 1171 $23.00
9/7/2011 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1159/Lot# 3422 $2,760.00
3/2/2014 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131410/Lot# 29252 $246.75
5/5/2014 PCGS G 4   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3480, 6029/Lot# 20161 $79.90
5/18/2014 PCGS AG 3   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 804, 813/Lot# 10315 $75.00
5/19/2014 PCGS G 4   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3482, 6031/Lot# 20190 $82.25
9/28/2014 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/28/2014, 194/Lot# 219193 $1.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1897 S 25C MS
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 3225
Owner: Srotag
Grade: XF 45
Points: 1252
Owner: melva6906
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