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PCGS No: 5630


Circulation strikes: 72,664
Proofs: 0

Designer: Charles E. Barber

Diameter: 24.3 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 6.25 grams

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "S" (for San Francisco, California) just below the eagle's tail on the reverse


This date is heavily counterfeited, so much so that more counterfeits exist than do authentic examples.  Beware of coins with added mintmarks, altered dates, or coins that have been sandwiched together.  Don't buy any 1901-S Quarter Dollars without a guarantee of authenticity - REGARDLESS OF THE GRADE).

Here are characteristics of genuine 1901-S Barber Quarters (some Philadelphia-minted 1901 Quarter Dollars have similar characteristics, so use these diagnostics primarily to rule out fake 1901-S Quarter Dollars):

Obverse 1 - both 1's of the date are centered over a denticle.  The second 1 of the date is high and nearly touches the bust of Liberty.

Obverse 2 - both 1's of the date are centered between denticles.  The second 1 of the bust is lower and away from the bust of Liberty.

Reverse A - the mint mark is low, tilted slightly to the left, and slightly closer to the R of QUARTER than the D of DOLLAR.

Reverse B - the mint mark is higher, centered, and more upright.

For a more in-depth look at the diagnostics of authentic 1901-S Quarter Dollars, click here.

The majority of known 1901-S Quarter Dollars are in low grade (below Very Fine).  In Extremely Fine and About Uncirculated, this date is very rare.  Mint State examples are also very rare, but there are other dates in the series that are just as rare in Mint State (1896-S, 1898-S, and 1899-S) yet they sell for a fraction of the price.  While MS-67 examples of the 1901-S Quarter Dollar are known, there are at least a dozen dates in the series that are unknown above MS-66!  

The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-67's.

Significant examples:
PCGS MS-67.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale"
, May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8175, illustrated, sold for $77,625.00

Recent appearances:
AU-50, Whizzed and scratched.  Ex - Heritage's "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5572, plated, sold for $7,705.00  Previously offered at Heritage's Central States Sale, 2001, Lot 7146

Choice Very Fine.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 786, plated, sold for $7,705.00

Fair-2 Rim Dings.  Ex-  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale", October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6786, not illustrated, sold for $862.50

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

"The Complete Guide To Certified Barber Coinage" by David & John Feigenbaum

John Frost, Journal of the Barber Coin Collectors' Society

Relevant collector organizations:
Barber Coin Collectors' Society