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1894-S BARBER
QUARTER DOLLAR

PCGS No: 5609

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 2,648,821
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

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 253, sold for $1,408.75

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1631, sold for $920.00

PCGS AU-58.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6157, not plated, sold for $235.75

Notes:

"1894-S has the highest mintage of any S-mint of the Barber quarter series, though it is still modest by P-mint standards. This issue is surprisingly scarce in high grade - only 11 certified in MS 65 and six better [as of 1999].

Both 1894-P&S come sharply struck. 1894-P has a satiny luster while the "S" is usually brighter."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


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