Barber Silver Quarter - Charmed Are Those That Possess This Rare Quarter

By: Christina A. Goldman

The Barber Silver Quarter coins are so valued by collectors because these are vintage editions. It is named after its designer, Charles E. Barber. These coins are also called the Liberty Head quarters which were first minted more than 100 years ago.
Consider yourself lucky of you have an 1896-S mintage of this quarter, for this is the most valuable of the lot. Still luckier are those who could get their hands on the Barber Dime which is one of the most treasured coins ever minted in the USA where but 24 coins were struck. There were only nine left of these very rare dimes which fetched for a whopping bonanza of close to 2 million US dollars in a fabled transaction two years ago.
There were 74 regular issues of the Barber Silver Quarter, none of which have the same reach as the pay-scale classification of the Barber Dime because the quarters offer no significant variations. Nevertheless, these quarters pose as a challenge to collectors because of the scarcity or low mintage of some coins that were struck in a particular year.
The quarters' 1913-S mintage stands as among the most distinct with its 40,000 quarters issued, which went on the record as the lowest regular silver coin issue for the 20th century. The Barber Silver Quarter has a classic design which was drawn from ancient Greece and Rome inspirations. A Liberty head sporting a cap and wreath of laurel leaves is featured in the quarter's obverse side.
The "Liberty" inscription in the image's headband, which could rapidly wear out with handling of coins in circulation, is often the numismatist's basis for determining the condition and intrinsic value of the circulated coins. The USA's original 13 states are honored in this quarter, represented by seven stars on the coin's right and six on the left, with the ever-familiar "In God We Trust" motto appearing above.

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