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BARBER QUARTER DOLLARS
(1892-1916)

Designer: Charles E. Barber

Diameter: 24.3 millimeters

Metal Content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 96 grains (6.3 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmarks: The mintmark appears as a small letter just below the eagle's tail on the reverse, as follows:

None = Philadelphia
O = New Orleans
S = San Francisco
D = Denver

Images courtesy of R.M. Smythe

Notes:
The following is reprinted (with permission) from "The Complete Guide To Certified Barber Coinage" by David & John Feigenbaum:

"The Barber quarter series consists of 74 regular issues, with no significant varieties. While it does not have a rarity equivalent to the 1894-S dime, it is a very challenging set with three well-established keys: 1896-S, 1901-S and 1913-S. Their very low mintages; and scarcity even in the lowest circulated grades, distinguish these three. In fact, the 1913-S quarter with a mintage of 40,000 has the distinction of being the lowest mintage (regular issue) silver coin of the 20th century.

A total of 15,315 Barber quarters have been certified by PCGS & NGC in mint state [As of 1999] . This is very close to the 16,918 mint state Barber dimes certified. Yet, the 264 million Barber quarters produced is about half of the 504 million dimes made. Of the 74 dates, just three are R6 in total mint state. Seven are R5 [Rare], 12 are R4 [Very Scarce], 15 are R3 [Scarce], 15 are R2 [Common] and 22 are R1 [Very Common].

There were 10,735 mint state Barber quarters certified in March '94, when the second edition of The Complete Guide To Barber Quarters was published. This means approximately 1,000 mint state quarters have been added to the population reports each year since then.

Because there are more collectors of Barber quarters in mint state than Barber dimes, any dates which are R4 or higher enjoy a demand greater than their availability, especially in MS 63 and below. Lately, this has been true of the very high grades also.

The working hub (design) used in 1892 was modified during that first year to accommodate better stacking of the coins in a roll. Therefore, we have a type I and type II reverse for 1892 and type II from 1892-1900. In 1900, the hub was again modified slightly. These changes can all be distinguished by the relationship of the eagle’s left wing. (See illustrations at left.)

With patience a nice mint state set of Barber quarters can be assembled, but it will take time."

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The Complete Guide To Certified Barber Coinage" by David & John Feigenbaum

Date

Mintage for
Circulation

Mintage of
Proofs

Notes

1892

8,236,000

1,245

 

1892-O

2,640,000

0

 

1892-S

964,079

0

 

1893

5,444,023

792

 

1893-O

3,396,000

0

 

1893-S

1,454,535

0

 

1894

3,432,000

972

 

1894-O

2,852,000

0

 

1894-S

2,648,821

0

 

1895

4,440,000

880

 

1895-O

2,816,000

0

 

1895-S

1,764,681

0

 

1896

3,874,000

762

 

1896-O

1,484,000

0

 

1896-S

188,039

0

 

1897

8,140,000

731

 

1897-O

1,414,800

0

 

1897-S

542,229

0

 

1898

11,100,000

735

 

1898-O

1,868,000

0

 

1898-S

1,020,592

0

 

1899

12,624,000

846

 

1899-O

2,644,000

0

 

1899-S

708,000

0

 

1900

10,016,000

912

 

1900-O

3,416,000

0

 

1900-S

1,858,585

0

 

1901

8,892,000

813

 

1901-O

1,612,000

0

 

1901-S

72,664

0

A scarce, key date issue.

1902

12,196,967

777

 

1902-O

4,748,000

0

 

1902-S

1,524,612

0

 

1903

9,669,309

755

 

1903-O

3,500,000

0

 

1903-S

1,036,000

0

 

1904

9,588,143

670

 

1904-O

2,456,000

0

 

1905

4,967,523

727

 

1905-O

1,230,000

0

 

1905-S

1,884,000

0

 

1906

3,655,760

675

 

1906-D

3,280,000

0

This was the first year this type was struck at Denver.  In fact, this was the opening year for this Mint.

1906-O

2,056,000

0

 

1907

7,192,000

575

 

1907-D

2,484,000

0

 

1907-O

4,560,000

0

 

1907-S

1,360,000

0

 

1908

4,232,000

545

 

1908-D

5,788,000

0

 

1908-O

6,244,000

0

 

1908-S

784,000

0

 

1909

9,268,000

650

 

1909-D

5,114,000

0

 

1909-O

712,000

0

 

1909-S

1,348,000

0

 

1910

2,244,000

551

 

1910-D

1,500,000

0

 

1911

3,720,000

543

 

1911-D

933,600

0

 

1911-S

988,000

0

 

1912

4,400,000

700

 

1912-S

708,000

0

 

1913

484,000

613

 

1913-D

1,450,800

0

 

1913-S

40,000

0

Scarce in all grades.

1914

6,244,230

380

 

1914-D

3,046,000

0

 

1914-S

264,000

0

 

1915

3,480,000

450

 

1915-D

3,694,000

0

 

1915-S

704,000

0

 

1916

1,788,000

0

Inexplicably, no Proof Barber Quarters were made this year, even though this was the last year of the type.

1916-D

6,540,800

0