Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Quarters (1892-1916)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 6,540,800
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.10 (11/24/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1916 D 25C MS obverse 1916 D 25C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The Denver Mint had just undertaken production of the new Mercury Dime when an order came from the director in Washington, DC to concentrate on the production of quarter dollars until further notice to meet a shortage in that region of the country. This suspended production of 1916-D dimes at just 264,000 pieces, making it the key issue in the Mercury series. Ironically, the resulting 1916-D quarters became the most common issue in the Barber series. This date/mint is common across all grades through MS 65, with a generous number of MS 66 pieces, as well. Most, however, are poorly struck---a common flaw in most of the later Barber Quarters.

Repunched mintmark varieties are plentiful, as many as eight being confirmed. Most are quite similar, showing the curve of a letter D within the opening of the final punching. It has been speculated that the the reverse dies shipped to Denver were first punched with the Small D used for cents, nickels and the new Mercury Dimes and then had to be rectified.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/25/2016

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1916 D 25C MS
Base $ 9.50 12.00 24.00 38.00 75.00 125 140 155 200 225 245 300 430 600 985 1600 4750 - - -
$ - - 150 165 210 - - 325 460 675 1050 2150 6500 -

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Total Graded: 1550
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68

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8/20/2006 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2247, 2247/Lot# 1200 $358.40
9/18/2006 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2006 September Long Beach Online Session #417, 417/Lot# 9124 $345.00
8/11/2010 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143, 1143/Lot# 4790 $1,725.00
3/31/2011 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 1728 $862.50
1/29/2012 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 701 $402.50
12/8/2013 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 781, 790/Lot# 809 $467.00
6/29/2014 PCGS VG 8   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 124757 $48.00
4/26/2017 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2017 April 26 - 30 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1254/Lot# 7493 $940.00

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