Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Quarters (1892-1916)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,788,000
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.11 (5/22/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1916 BARBER 25C MS obverse 1916 BARBER 25C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

No quarter dollars were struck until the final months of 1916, as it was anticipating that the new Standing Liberty type would be ready far sooner than it was. When the demand for additional quarters forced production, the Philadelphia Mint struck a relatively modest number of coins compared to previous years. Though the usual number of Mint State coins, including gems, have survived, nice coins in the higher circulated grades are more scarce than these. Of course, the availability of MS coins puts a cap on the value of scarce XF and AU specimens.

Most 1916(P) Barber Quarters are poorly struck at the deepest cavities of the dies: The hair at Liberty's forehead and the eagle's left claw and arrow feathers.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/25/2016

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1916 BARBER 25C MS
Base $ 9.50 12.00 24.00 38.00 75.00 125 140 165 205 225 260 300 440 610 1225 1650 6300 - - -
$ - - 150 175 215 - - 325 490 650 1500 2200 - -

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Total Graded: 452
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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7/12/1999 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1185, 1185/Lot# 1415 $119.90
6/5/2002 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2002 June Long Beach Signature Sale #292, 292/Lot# 5806 $373.75
2/5/2006 PCGS MS 67   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 765 $6,900.00
8/6/2009 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 399, 405/Lot# 7045 $933.80
10/13/2011 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(4), 1160/Lot# 8243 $276.00
6/10/2012 NGC Details VF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/10/2012, 26/Lot# 52511 $34.00
9/19/2014 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3500, 6054/Lot# 22154 $18.80
5/31/2015 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131523/Lot# 24356 $117.50

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