Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Quarters (1892-1916)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,020,592
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.11 (2/28/2020)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1898 S 25C MS obverse 1898 S 25C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The very low mintages for 1896-S and 1897-S evidently left the west coast with a shortage of quarter dollars, as production at the San Francisco Mint just topped the million mark this year. Some of these coins were shipped to the Philippine Islands during 1898-99 to supply American troops there during the Spanish-American War and the Philippine Insurrection which followed almost immediately. It's not known whether this unusual destination actually affected the number of pieces coined.

This issue is slightly scarce in the lower grades and very difficult to locate in problem-free grades of Fine and higher. Many examples were returned from The Philippines in later years showing only slight wear, but these were nearly all harshly cleaned. These coins have depressed the values for the grades of XF and AU, yet nice pieces in those grades are quite rare. Mint State survivors are extremely rare.

A new style of mintmark debuted this year slightly larger than that used 1892-97. It also has a more slanted center stroke than the nearly horizontal stroke of the earlier mintmark punch. One repunched mintmark variety is known, but this is too difficult to make out on worn coins to attract much attention.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/24/2020

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1898 S 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 18.00 32.00 58.00 140 165 285 375 625 775 895 1140 1525 2500 4000 7000 11750 22500 - - -
$ - - 400 630 785 - - - - 4900 9000 16000 - -
1898 S 25C MS PL
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 1925 - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 83
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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: 2/25/2020 1898 S 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-54-7342379-2776823---79
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Total-54-7342379-27761033---82
 -6%5%-9%4%5%2%4%9%11%-2%9%9%7%12%4%4%--- 
1898 S 25C MS PL
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Base-------------211------4
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Total-------------211------4
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1898 S 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4554891902784395396299061062126113811526169723223319466359737008756982288929
48651222193314725697219581128130114291583190526543767509963187195778884610
0000005697219581128130114291583190526543767509963187195778800
00000059981310101194134114771640211329864215553666637382800800
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 1697
Owner: melva6906
 
Grade: XF Details
Points: 220
Owner: james whitcomb
 
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