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Description and Analysis

Barber Quarters
1892 25C MS

Description & Analysis

As the first issue of Charles Barber's new design, 1892(P) quarters were saved in large numbers by both collectors and the general public. Mint State pieces are plentiful, and even gems are fairly common through MS 66. The number certified as prooflike, however, is quite small.

The reverse hub was modified early in 1892's production, when it was determined that these coins did not stack to the same height as an equivalent number of the preceding type. Barber took this opportunity to make a few other changes that were more readily visible. The stars above the eagle were reconfigured, and the eagle's right wingtip (viewer's left) covers most of the letter E, while on the earlier hub it covered less than half. There is no great difference in rarity between the two subtypes, as the nominally scarcer Type 1 was the more likely to be saved for the simple reason that it was the first one encountered by a curious public.

Due to its generous mintage, the 1892 Philadelphia Mint quarter dollar is rich in varieties. There are numerous doubled dies for either side. Most are too minor to attract much interest, but the better varieties are recognized by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service, as are the reverse hub subtypes.