Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Quarters (1892-1916)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 4,748,000
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.31 (2/27/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1902 O 25C MS obverse 1902 O 25C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Despite a generous mintage the 1902-O quarter dollar is scarce in all but the lowest grades. There was absolutely no incentive for or interest in saving examples from circulation until the mid 1930s, when the introduction of inexpensive collecting boards jump-started the coin hobby. Mint State coins are likewise very scarce, with gems being exceedingly rare. Like most New Orleans Mint silver coins of the period, the typical 1902-O is weakly struck in places. Frequent trouble spots are the eagle's left (viewer's right) claw and the feathers of the arrows it grasps. These elements are directly opposite Liberty's forehead, a deep cavity in the obverse die, and the planchet metal didn't displace sufficiently to fill both sides.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/25/2016

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1902 O 25C MS
Base $ 11.00 20.00 65.00 95.00 150 235 260 325 460 520 600 900 1400 1975 4500 8250 16000 34000 - -
$ - - 280 350 500 - - - - 2150 - 9500 - -

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Total Graded: 108
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 68

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6/27/2005 PCGS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 2058, 2058/Lot# 1574 $77.00
9/4/2011 NGC MS 64   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1080 $1,208.00
1/6/2013 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131303/Lot# 28201 $111.63
7/7/2013 PCGS VF 20   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 759, 768/Lot# 339 $75.00
8/30/2013 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4425 $259.68
12/22/2013 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 159629 $160.00
6/23/2014 NGC VF 30   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3487, 6036/Lot# 20207 $74.03
7/4/2014 NGC VF 30   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3489, 6040/Lot# 21215 $70.50
5/8/2016 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131620/Lot# 25361 $69.00

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