Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Quarters (1892-1916)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 72,664
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $4.87 (9/18/2020)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1901 S 25C MS obverse 1901 S 25C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

If there was a reason for this issue's extremely low mintage it hasn't yet surfaced. 1901-S is easily the most rare Barber Quarter across all grades and one of the premier rarities of 20th Century United States coinage. Typical of Barber coinage from this period, nearly all survivors are very heavily worn, with examples grading Fine and higher being quite rare. Among the small certified population of MS coins are a few very nice gems that bring extraordinary prices at auction.

The 1901-S quarter is an issue often simulated by the addition of a mintmark to the common Philadelphia issue. Though certification has rendered this deception largely obsolete, it's still good to know something about the genuine coins. All 1901-S quarter were of the hub pairing 2/3, as described under the entry for 1900(P). Two obverse dies were employed, one having both numerals 1 of the date centered over denticles and the other having the numerals 1 centered between denticles. Two reverse dies have been found, and both have the same style of mintmark used for all Barber Quarters 1898-1915. Most fake mintmarks seem to be of the style used for USA coins 1917-41, which is sufficiently distinctive to expose the alteration. Needless to say, certification is mandatory for any 1901-S quarter.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/21/2020

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1901 S 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 6125 10300 17700 21600 30000 32000 35000 37500 38500 39500 42000 46500 54500 70000 89500 130000 217500 495000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - 330000 -

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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: 389
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: G
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: 9/15/2020 1901 S 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base2448220711121144--114312---389
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Total2448220711121144--114312---389
 63%21%5%2%3%0%1%0%0%1%1%--0%0%1%1%0%1%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1901 S 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base34583726541162786794758676517715795481068324846386188841979710336120491283014803151071620117353
3547428757006450705876077672779480048178837085148692915999761090712309134871490415471165850
000000767277948004817883708514869291599976109071230913487149041547100
0000007693787480558251841685668766947810156114781256914145150051583600
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Grade: G 4
Points: 3726
Owner: Ben McQuaide
 
Grade: AG 3
Points: 3458
Owner: MADavis
 
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