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Obverse of 1892-S Barber Quarter Dollar     Reverse of 1892-S Barber Quarter Dollar


PCGS No: 5603


Circulation strikes: 964,079
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

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-65.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 405, illustrated, sold for $6,210.00

Extremely Fine, scarce above Very Fine.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 773, not plated, sold for  $97.75

"The design was changed slightly during this first year, resulting in two types. While the difference is not dramatic and not usually designated by either PCGS or NGC on the holder, some collectors do want both types. For 1892-S, the Type I is the more common one.

Being the first year of issue, all three dates come well struck with nice luster.

1892-S enjoys strong demand because of its low mintage. Though it's only an R3 [Scarce], the total MS pop of 89 [as of 1999] is just five more than an R4 [Very Scarce]."1

The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-67.

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

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