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Obverse of 1897-O Barber Quarter Dollar   Reverse of 1897-O Barber Quarter Dollar


1897-O BARBER
QUARTER DOLLAR

PCGS No: 5617

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,414,800
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

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 413, illustrated, sold for $5,290.00

Notes:

"Similar to 1896 except, of course, the 1897-S is not as rare as the 1896-S. The 1897-O has long been a favorite date of Barber collectors and its R6 [Very Rare] ranking justifies this. Fortunately, this coin comes with such nice surfaces that eight have been graded MS 66 (though we suspect some of these are duplicate submissions)."
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The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 6 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