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1897-S BARBER
QUARTER DOLLAR

PCGS No: 5618

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 542,229
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:
AU-53.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 349, not illustrated, sold for $632.50

EF-45.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 350, not illustrated, not sold

Extremely Fine.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 779, not plated, sold for $253.00

Notes:
"Similar to 1896 except, of course, the 1897-S is not as rare as the 1896-S.

1897-S is also highly regarded because of its very low mintage. This coin comes with a sharper strike than the 1897-O, which may account for the three MS 67 and one MS 68 graded [as of 1999]. We know of several 1897-S quarters that have dark, unattractive toning. Nice specimens do not last long."1

The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-67.

Sources and 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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