Thursday, June 28, 2012

Barber Quarter (1892 - 1916)

1914 Barber Quarter
The Barber Quarter was designed by Charles E. Barber - chief engraver of the Mint - who also designed the Barber Dime and the Barber Half Dollar. All three types of coins were released in the same year, 1892. The obverse theme of Miss Liberty is similar to that found on the dime and half dollar. Liberty is facing to the right, her hair in a cap, wearing a laurel wreath with LIBERTY on a small head band above her forehead. Liberty is surrounded by 6 stars to the left and 7 to the right. IN GOD WE TRUST is above and the date is below. Inspired by Robert Scot, the reverse is an adaptation of the Great Seal of the United States and depicts a heraldic eagle. The eagle holds an olive branch and arrows in its claws. He also displays a shield on its breast - the arms of the United States - and has a scroll in its beak inscribed E PLURIBUS UNUM. Above the eagle is a galaxy of 13 stars. The eagle is surrounded by UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and the denomination. Barber's initial B appears at the truncation of Liberty's neck.

When it comes to collecting Barber Quarters, coin collectors especially look for the 2 varieties of reverse: Type I (1892 only) with the eagle's wing covering only half of E in UNITED; and Type II (1892-1916) with the wing covering most of E in UNITED and the other wing overlapping much of R in AMERICA. Type I coins are scarcer than Type II. Very Fine Barber Quarters are scarce, and Extremely Fine pieces are very rare. AU and Uncirculated pieces are scarcer yet and brilliant Uncirculated coins are very rare. Proofs of all date are available at a higher premium. The date the Barber Quarter collector looks for is the 1901-S quarter - a major 20th century rarity. The 1896-S and 1913-S are also key dates, and costly in any grade.

The Executive Coin Company is one of the top coin dealers in United States who offers a variety of Barber Quarters for sale in different grades and condition. Our selection includes 1st Year Issue Barber quarters, the 1897-O key date, the 1913-S key date quarter and other popular Barber quarters in high grades. All quarters we offer are expertly photographed with great care and accuracy to help you make the best choice for your coin collection!