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


PCGS No: 5617


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


"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)."

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