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Obverse of 1913-S Barber Quarter Dollar     Reverse of 1913-S Barber Quarter Dollar


1913-S BARBER
QUARTER DOLLAR

PCGS No: 5666

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 40,000
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) just below the eagle's tail on the reverse

Images courtesy of David Lawrence Rare Coins

Authentication tips:
Obverses: all are essentially identical, as dates were hubbed and all working dies had the same date positions.

Reverse A: Mintmark is above the tops of the letters R and D, and centered between them

Reverse B: Mintmark is low and closer to R than D. This mintmark position appears much less often than that of Reverse A

For a more in-depth look at the diagnostics of authentic 1913-S Quarter Dollars, click here.

Notes:
"1913-S is one of the "big three" of the Barber quarters. Boasting the lowest mintage of any 20th Century regular-issue silver coin, this date has always been "sexy." In circulated grades from AG to VG it is very scarce. In grades Fine through AU it is rare and collector demand far exceeds the available number of specimens. However, in mint state nice specimens can usually be had by a patient collector willing to pay the price.

Ironically, the easiest grades to locate for this desirable date tend to be MS65-66. As a rule, mint state 1913-S quarters have full cartwheel luster and sharp strikes. MS60-64 coins have demand far greater than their supply, and are seldom offered on the market.

Don't expect G4 and even G6 specimens to have full rims on the reverse. Because of the way it was struck, the 1913-S tends to have nice central details on the obverse even after the rims have been worn away. Because of extensive counterfeiting, always look for a certified example, regardless of the grades."

The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 4 MS-67's.

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8182, illustrated, not sold

VF-30.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1240, sold for $3,450.00

Very Fine.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 801, plated, sold for $1,437.50

VG-8 Cleaned.  Ex-  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale", October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6788,
not illustrated, sold for $805.00

Good-6.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5576, not illustrated, sold for $632.50 

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

Relevant collector organizations:
Barber Coin Collectors' Society