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1896-O BARBER
QUARTER DOLLAR

PCGS No: 5614

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,484,000
Proofs: 0

Designer: Charles E. Barber

Diameter: 24.3 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 6.25 grams

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "O" (for New Orleans) just below the eagle's tail on the reverse

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 2478, sold for $8,050.00

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 348, not illustrated, sold for $276.00

Notes:

"1896 is a good year for Barber quarters. 

The 1896-O is quite scarce. This year we see another case of the New Orleans' issue being far scarcer than its mintage implies. Thanks to the high quality of existing mint state coins, there are a number of gems available. There are twelve MS 65 and six pieces graded higher. Ironically, weve seen more gem-quality coins (MS65-66) on the market of this date than MS60-64 graded coins.

1896-O tends to come with better than average New Orleans details."1

The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-66's.

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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