Barber Quarter (1892 – 1916)

#1 Barber Quarter Buyer Las Vegas & Henderson

History

The Barber quarter dollar series began in 1892 and continued through 1916. The quarter dollars were minted in the Philadelphia, San Francisco, Denver, and New Orleans mints. The obverse or front of the coin displays an image of the head of Liberty with a crown fashioned from an olive branch and a headband with the word, “Liberty” around her head and a ribbon tied behind her hair. “In God We Trust” appears above the head of Liberty and thirteen stars representing the original thirteen colonies surround her image. The date of mintage appears below Liberty’s head. The name Barber is taken from the designer, Charles E. Barber. The reverse of the coin displays an eagle with wings outspread and a shield on its chest. The eagle is clutching arrows in one talon and an olive branch in the other. The eagle also holds a scroll in its mouth inscribed with the words, “E Pluribus Unum”. Thirteen stars, again representing the thirteen original colonies, appear above the eagle. Mintmarks are situated below the eagle. The Barber quarter dollar weighs 6.25 grams and is made with 90% silver. The diameter of the coin is 24.3 mm.

After over 50 years of the Seated Liberty series, there was a strong interest in replacing the design. To this day however there are mixed opinions as to the quality of the design. The fact that this design lasted only a little more than twenty years suggests that it may not have been especially popular. This does not mean to say that there are not collectors of the series and, as most coins are not that difficult to obtain. With the exception of three key-date coins, it is not particularly difficult to complete a collection of the entire series. Many of the Barber quarter dollars were minted in the millions with only two dates, the 1901 S and the 1913 S with less than 100,000 coins having been minted.

Value

Most common dates in the series in well circulated condition can be purchased for under $10, however they do increase in value to over $400 for high mint state specimens. Semi-key date coins in the series can exceed $1,000 in mint state. There are also significant rarities, the aforementioned 1901 S and 1913 S where high grade specimens can attain values in the tens of thousands of dollars. In fact, a uniquely superior condition 1901 S has sold for over $500,000.

There are many varied opinions on the condition (or grade) of a coin, and the aforementioned values reflect the highest retail prices that have been obtained for those coins that have been assessed by a third party grading company. Such coins have been authenticated, graded and encapsulated by expert coin grading companies to minimize any doubt as to their quality and value and therefore their potential worth.

Since these coins have a high silver content, they are referred to as “constitutional” or “junk” silver and raw, ungraded examples have been sold and melted down just for the silver content making it possible that some coins may actually be more rare than their mintages would reflect. However, extremely poor, worn example coins
may not have any appreciable collector value and so may only be worth the current value, (or “spot price”) reflected by their silver content.

We Buy Barber Quarter Dollars

We would like to buy your coins and as a business it is our pledge to offer you the best value for them, however, always remember that the prices you may find online or in price guides usually represent the highest retail value for the coin in an already certified condition. As a trusted dealer we will have our coin specialists evaluate your coins at no cost and offer you a price that is both fair for you, but that also allows us to realize a reasonable profit.