This date is heavily counterfeited, so much so that more counterfeits exist
than do authentic examples. Beware of coins with added mintmarks,
altered dates, or coins that have been sandwiched together. Don't buy
any 1901-S Quarter Dollars without a guarantee of authenticity - REGARDLESS
OF THE GRADE).
Here are characteristics of
genuine 1901-S Barber Quarters (some Philadelphia-minted 1901 Quarter
Dollars have similar characteristics, so use these diagnostics primarily to
rule out fake 1901-S Quarter Dollars):
Obverse 1 - both 1's of the
date are centered over a denticle. The second 1 of the date is high
and nearly touches the bust of Liberty.
Obverse 2 - both 1's of the
date are centered between denticles. The second 1 of the bust is lower
and away from the bust of Liberty.
Reverse A - the mint mark is
low, tilted slightly to the left, and slightly closer to the R of QUARTER
than the D of DOLLAR.
Reverse B - the mint mark is
higher, centered, and more upright.
For a more in-depth look at
the diagnostics of authentic 1901-S Quarter Dollars, click
The majority of known 1901-S
Quarter Dollars are in low grade (below Very Fine). In Extremely Fine
and About Uncirculated, this date is very rare. Mint State examples
are also very rare, but there are other dates in the series that are just as
rare in Mint State (1896-S, 1898-S, and 1899-S) yet they sell for a fraction
of the price. While MS-67 examples of the 1901-S Quarter Dollar are
known, there are at least a dozen dates in the series that are unknown above
The finest Uncirculated examples graded
by PCGS are 3 MS-67's.
PCGS MS-67. Ex - Heritage Numismatic
Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001,
Lot 8175, illustrated, sold for $77,625.00
AU-50, Whizzed and scratched. Ex
- Heritage's "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot
5572, plated, sold for $7,705.00 Previously offered at Heritage's Central States Sale, 2001,
Choice Very Fine. Ex -
Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 786,
plated, sold for $7,705.00
Fair-2 Rim Dings. Ex-
Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach
Sale", October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6786,
not illustrated, sold for $862.50
Sources and/or recommended
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The
Professional Coin Grading Service
"The Complete Guide To Certified Barber Coinage" by David
& John Feigenbaum
John Frost, Journal of the
Barber Coin Collectors' Society
Barber Coin Collectors'