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Obverse of 1893 Barber Quarter Dollar     Reverse of 1893 Barber Quarter Dollar


1893 BARBER QUARTER DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 5604, 5679, 85679, 95679

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 5,444,023
Proofs: 792

Designer: Charles E. Barber

Diameter: ±24.3 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: ±6.25 grams

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) just below the eagle's tail on the reverse

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.

Notes:
"This second year of the series wasn't saved as much as we might have expected. All three dates have lower populations than their 1892 counterparts - the 1893-P dramatically so.  1893-P&S come well struck with nice luster, the 1893-S sometimes being Prooflike."1

The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 4 MS-66's.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 4 PR-68's.

The finest Proof Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PRCA-68.

The finest Proof Deep Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PRDC-67.

Significant examples:
NGC Proof-68 (illustrated above).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson II" Sale, February 18-19, 2002, Lot 764, illustrated, sold for $10,350.00

NGC Proof-68.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7421, illustrated, not sold

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-67 Cameo.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 406, illustrated, sold for $5,750.00

PCGS Proof-66.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 407, illustrated, sold for $2,760.00  From the Luther A. Breck Collection

Proof-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1629 Not sold

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8169, illustrated, sold for $1,150.00

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