Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Quarters (1892-1916)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 708,000
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 (5/24/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1899 S 25C MS obverse 1899 S 25C MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

The relatively low mintage of this issue has made it scarce in all grades. It would be even more rare in XF and AU, were it not for some repatriated pieces that formerly circulated in The Philippines before 1903, when that American possession acquired its own unique coinage. Most of the 1899-S quarters returned to the USA were cleaned at some point with varying degrees of success, and original, problem-free examples are rare. Mint State specimens are very rare, making this among the most difficult issues of the series to find unworn.

The only variety of note is a repunched date on which the second 9 is clearly doubled at its bottom.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/25/2016

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1899 S 25C MS
Base $ 20.00 35.00 85.00 120 200 350 400 475 625 700 850 1275 1575 2850 4950 6600 13000 22000 - -
$ - - 425 525 650 - - - - - - 7850 - -

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Total Graded: 61
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

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7/20/2004 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2004 July New York, NY Signature Sale #320, 320/Lot# 6146 $747.50
1/12/2005 PCGS MS 68   Heritage Auctions 2005 Ft. Lauderdale FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #360, 360/Lot# 4123 $19,550.00
4/28/2009 PCGS MS 68   Heritage Auctions 2009 April-May Cincinnati, OH (CSNS) US Coin Auction #1124, 1124/Lot# 2364 $14,950.00
7/31/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 3110, 3110/Lot# 1553 $805.00
5/30/2012 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1171/Lot# 8423 $488.75
2/16/2014 PCGS F 12   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/16/2014, 174/Lot# 169347 $85.35
5/18/2014 PCGS AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 804, 813/Lot# 10122 $1,300.00
6/3/2014 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3902 $616.88

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