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: $2.71 (6/16/2019)
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: 4/15/2019

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1901 S 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 7725 10900 19100 28000 31500 33500 36500 37500 39500 41000 44000 46500 52000 71500 84500 142500 242500 500000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - 335000 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 377
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: 6/11/2019 1901 S 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base2377820710121144--114312---377
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Total2377820710121144--114312---377
 63 %21 %5 %2 %3 %0 %1 %0 %0 %1 %1 %--0 %0 %1 %1 %0 %1 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/25/2008 PCGS FA 2   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3945 $2,070.00
8/29/2010 NGC AG 3   Teletrade Auction 2914, 2914/Lot# 1701 $3,335.00
12/2/2010 PCGS FA 2   Heritage Auctions 2010 December Houston Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1147/Lot# 3558 $1,812.40
3/31/2011 NGC VF 25   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 1687 $25,875.00
7/10/2011 PCGS VG 8   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/10/2011, 125/Lot# 11464 $9,386.30
9/2/2012 NGC Details AG Details  Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 1342 $3,393.00
1/26/2014 NGC FA 2   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 788, 797/Lot# 658 $2,050.00
11/19/2017 NGC AG 3   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131748/Lot# 27089 $2,880.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1901 25C MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base34583726541162786794758676517715795481068324846386188841979710336120491283014803151071620117353
3547428757006450705876077672779480048178837085148692915999761090712309134871490415471165850
000000767277948004817883708514869291599976109071230913487149041547100
0000007693787480558251841685668766947810156114781256914145150051583600
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Grade: AG 3
Points: 3458
Owner: MADavis
 
Grade: FAIR Details
Points: 1729
Owner: Princeton Numismatics
 
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