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: $3.25 (3/27/2017)
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
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Base $ 9.50 12.00 24.00 38.00 75.00 125 140 155 200 225 245 300 430 600 985 1600 4750 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1540
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68


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5/5/2000 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2000 Central States Sale #226, 226/Lot# 7338 $920.00
5/10/2004 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2004 May (CSNS) Bullet Sale #347, 347/Lot# 560 $805.00
2/26/2007 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 128, 133/Lot# 625 $287.50
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 2095 $480.00
2/15/2010 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The March 2010 Baltimore Auction, 33/Lot# 758 $604.90
2/4/2013 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 3416, 3416/Lot# 1754 $176.25
2/9/2014 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/09/2014, 171/Lot# 141989 $830.50
1/4/2015 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131502/Lot# 23287 $136.30


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