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: $4.86 (9/19/2020)
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: 8/21/2020

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1897 S 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 135 190 365 705 900 1300 1350 1500 1800 1900 2000 2100 3100 4000 7200 11000 30000 45000 - -
$ - - - - 1880 - - - - 4500 9250 18750 40000 -
1897 S 25C MS PL
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 2500 - - - - - - - -

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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 267
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 68

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, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/15/2020 1897 S 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base45102201513491265-227189211--264
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Total45102201513491266-227189211--265
 17%38%8%6%5%2%3%0%1%2%2%-1%1%3%7%3%1%0%0%-- 
1897 S 25C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------2-1------3
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Total-------------2-1------3
 -------------67%-33%------ 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1897 S 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base21624836059787411101252138115021578168617531860198524643225438754936840775184229135
22628543968995211571295142115271614170817881901214427173612475559427143797486590
0000001295142115271614170817881901214427173612475559427143797400
0000001338146115521650173018241943230429713999512463917447819800
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Grade: XF 45
Points: 1252
Owner: melva6906
 
Grade: G 4
Points: 248
Owner: Shane Wilhelm
 
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