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1898-O BARBER
QUARTER DOLLAR

PCGS No: 5620

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,868,000
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:
ANACS MS-62.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 594, not illustrated, sold for $443.00

Notes:

"1898 is a surprisingly good year for Barber quarters.

Both the 1898-O&S are rare, for reasons similar to those of the dimes of this year. The 1898-O was not saved because it was produced in a very poor part of the country (the humid climate of the area did not help either). This coin comes with an average New Orleans' strike. Since the last book on Barber quarters, this issue has slipped in rarity from R6 [Very Rare] to R5 [Rare] (from being ranked 3rd in mint state to 7th). Total mint state pop [as of 1999] has increased from 27 to 49 in a relatively short time (five years). In addition, there are now 19 high-end AU coins certified - 1898-O of this grade were thought to be rare in the last edition."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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