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: $3.08 (10/18/2017)
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: 1546
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68

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5/10/2004 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2004 May (CSNS) Bullet Sale #347, 347/Lot# 560 $805.00
8/17/2005 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2080, 2080/Lot# 1422 $358.40
5/1/2006 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 85: Chi Yin Collection, 90/Lot# 89 $1,460.50
5/25/2008 NGC MS 61   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3947 $228.00
10/7/2012 PCGS F 15   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/07/2012, 43/Lot# 77627 $32.03
10/18/2012 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(2), 1175/Lot# 4219 $998.75
6/28/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3533, 6112/Lot# 20441 $1.18
7/20/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 30989 $381.88

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