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Obverse of 1898-S Barber Quarter Dollar     Reverse of 1898-S Barber Quarter Dollar


1898-S BARBER
QUARTER DOLLAR

PCGS No: 5621

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,020,592
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

    

Images courtesy of David Lawrence Rare Coins

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-66. .  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000" Sale, August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5845, illustrated, sold for $4,945.00  Ex - Eliasberg Collection

MS-60.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1652, not illustrated, sold for $155.00

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.

1898-S is our new favorite date of this series. This date comes with a very sharp strike, accounting for the 12 gems certified (out of just 34 total mint state coins graded [as of 1999]). Its population of just 34 coins is only three more than the famous 1901-S! Yet, it's priced far less than the 1901-S. Most of the production of this issue was sent to the Philippines and those which have come back to the U.S. are almost always cleaned, circulated pieces."1

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

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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