Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Quarters (1892-1916)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 264,000
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.15 (5/29/2017)
Edge: Reeded
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1914 S 25C MS obverse 1914 S 25C MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

This elusive issue had the same mintage as the 1916-D dime, yet it sells for much less, reflecting the far greater number of Mercury Dime collectors over those of this series. Worn examples are only moderately scarce, since collectors in the 1930s and 1940s were always on the lookout for low-mintage coins in circulation. By that time, however, very few still survived in grades F through AU, and such coins are very scarce. Mint State examples are more often seen than XF and AU pieces, but gems are quite rare.

The Lawrence book reported a repunched date, but this class of variety was not possible after 1909, as the date was carried on the master die for each year. More likely is strike doubling on the coin observed. Lawrence also noted four slightly different mintmark positions, which is odd for a coin of such low mintage. It suggests that these were struck on four different occasions, with different dies used each time.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/25/2016

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1914 S 25C MS
Base $ 145 205 435 620 925 1125 1200 1500 1800 1975 2100 2200 2400 3250 5800 8500 19000 - - -
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Total Graded: 440
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
High Grade: 67

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8/30/2007 NGC VF 20   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday Sale - Internet Auction # 173, 179/Lot# 5546 $977.50
9/6/2009 PCGS F 15   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2649 $218.50
2/22/2010 PCGS VF 25   Teletrade Auction 2815, 2815/Lot# 1342 $414.00
12/2/2010 PCGS VG 10   Heritage Auctions 2010 December Houston Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1147/Lot# 7834 $195.50
9/2/2012 NGC G 6   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131237/Lot# 20153 $105.75
1/9/2013 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1181/Lot# 10024 $411.25
3/31/2013 PCGS G 6   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/31/2013, 68/Lot# 9428 $104.50
7/4/2014 PCGS G 4   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3489, 6040/Lot# 21228 $72.85
12/25/2016 PCGS G 6   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131701/Lot# 22010 $104.00

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