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!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Seated Liberty Dimes (1837 - 1891)


1886 Seated Liberty Dime
In 1837 the Seated Liberty was designed by Christian Gobrecht. A design that appeared first on silver dollars in 1836, it displayed Miss Liberty sitting on a rock and with a shield in front of her. In her right hand, Liberty was holding a scroll - or others would say a ribbon - with LIBERTY on it. With her left hand, Liberty was holding a pole with a liberty cap on top. For the reverse, Gobrecht put the denomination ONE DIME in the middle, surrounded by an olive branch with a bow. Just like the Seated Half Dime, this design underwent numerous changes along the years. The first Variety with No Stars on obverse was minted in 1837-1838. In 1838 through 1853, the Variety 2 with Stars on obverse was minted for circulation - 13 stars were added and surrounded Liberty. Starting 1838, Seated Liberty dimes were minted at the New Orleans mint, showing an O for the mint mark located above the bow on the reverse. The 1838-O Seated Liberty Dime is popular among coin collectors. Within Variety 2, Seated Liberty dimes were minted some with No Drapery from Elbow (1838-1840) and others With Drapery from Elbow (1840-1891).

After the gold rush in California and the rise in price of silver, the third Variety for Dimes emerged with Arrows at the Date (1853-1855) to denote the reduction of weight under the laws of the Act of February, 1853. Arrows at date were also placed on half dimes, quarters and half dollars during that period. Variety 3 dimes were minted at Philadelphia, New Orleans, San Francisco and Carson City mints. Just like the Seated half dimes, in 1860, the Seated Liberty dime design was changed again when mint designer James Longacre switched the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA from the reverse to the obverse, and placed a "Cereal Wreath" on the reverse, around the denomination. Among this Variety, the Carson City minted dimes are scarce and very popular with coin collectors. Dimes of 1873 and 1874 again appeared with arrowheads around the date, this time to signify a slight increase in the weight.

The Executive Coin Company is one of the top coin dealers in United States who offers a wide variety of Seated Liberty Dimes in different grades and condition. Our selection includes early date dimes like the 1805 Draped Bust dime and other early 1800s dimes in high grades. We also offer dimes in different varieties like the No Stars Liberty Seated dime and Seated dimes With Stars, as well as dimes with No Drapery, Arrows at Date, Obverse Stars and Legend on the obverse. All coins we display are expertly photographed with great care and accuracy to help you make the best choice for your unique collection! Check out our online selection below.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Bust Quarters (1796 - 1838)



1834 Bust Dime
The first quarter introduced for circulation was the Draped Bust Quarter with Small Eagle Reverse in 1796. The design of Bust Quarter followed the patters of the early half-dimes and dimes. The 1796 Draped Bust featured 15 obverse stars and a flowing hair Liberty on the obverse. On the reverse, the small eagle was surrounded by an olive branch and the legend. As with the half-dimes, there is no denomination present on the quarters until 1804 when "25C." first appeared on the Draped Bust with Heraldic Eagle Reverse. The appearance of the eagle on the reverse was changed again in 1815 when the Capped Bust Quarter was released. 1796 Bust Quarters are very rare in any grade and usually at a high premium. The 1796 quarter is considered to be a key issue in any grade, and is a landmark in the American coinage series. The 1796 quarter is considered to be a key issue, and is a landmark in the American coinage series. Bust Quarters of 1804-1807 are very rare in high grades. Capped Bust quarter rarities are the 1832/2 and 1827 quarters.

Robert Scot's Draped Bust design appeared in 1796 on quarters, a type that had a Small Eagle Reverse in 1796 and a Heraldic Eagle Reverse for 1804-1807. Examples of Draped Bust dimes with Small Eagle Reverse are very rare especially in high grades. The Heraldic Eagle design displayed 13 stars on the obverse surrounding Liberty instead of 15. On the reverse, it had the Great Seal of the United States, known also to collectors as the Large Eagle. This eagle had a shield on its breast and holding in its beak a ribbon with E PLURIBUS UNUM inscribed on it. The eagle was holding arrows and an olive branch in its claws. Similar to the half dollar, the next design called "Capped Bust" showed Liberty with her hair tucked in a cap secured by a headband with the word LIBERTY on it. The reverse had a majestic eagle perched on a branch and holding arrows in its left claw. This time, the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM was placed on a ribbon above the eagle and not in its beak like on earlier quarters. During the Capped Bust quarter period, there were two varieties minted: Variety 1 with Large Diameter and Variety 2 with Reduced Diameter. The Reduced Diameter variety (1831-1838) showed other changes too: restyled smaller letters, stars and numerals, giving the coin a more cameo-like appearance than its predecessor. The motto E PLURIBUS UNUM was removed from the reverse as well.

The Executive Coin Company is one of the top coin dealers in United States who offers a wide variety of Bust Quarters in different grades and condition. Our selection includes early date quarters like the 1806 Draped Bust quarter and other early 1800s quarters in high grades.  All coins we display are expertly photographed with great care and accuracy to help you make the best choice for your unique collection! Check out our online selection below.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Barber Dime (1892 - 1916)


1913 Barber Dime
The Barber Dime was designed by Charles E. Barber - chief engraver of the Mint - who also designed the Barber Quarter and the Barber Half Dollar. All three types of coins were released in the same year - 1892. On the obverse, the Barber Dime features Miss Liberty facing right, with her hair in a large cap and wearing a laurel wreath, with the word LIBERTY in tiny letters in a band above her forehead. The inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA surrounds Liberty, while the date is below. The reverse features a large wreath enclosing the denomination ONE DIME. There was no room for the motto IN GOD WE TRUST on the coin, so it was omitted. When collecting Barber Dimes, collectors are looking for the very scarce 1894-S dime. Of only 24 minted (all as proofs), only a dozen are traced. After the ultra-rare 1894-S, the scarce 1895-O will be the date collector’s biggest challenge. The rest are common dates that are relatively easy to acquire in any desired grade from Good to AU. Brilliant Uncirculated coins are more difficult to find than the Uncirculated dimes. Proofs were minted each year from 1892 to 1915 for collectors, and these can be obtained with some searching.

The circumstances when the Barber Dime came to existence were unstable. Mint Director James Putnam Kimball stretched his authority to new limits when he irrationally condemned the 1878 Morgan dollar and the 1883 Liberty Head nickel as "illegal." He then convinced the Treasury to introduce a new bill to change coin designs only after current designed have been in use for 25 years. Since the Treasury announced that they have little money and time to give towards the new coin design, the situation was favorable for chief engraver Charles E. Barber, who took over the project to prepare the designs himself. According to historians, his design was simple and dull. His obverse design of the dime was a mirror image of the Morgan dollar head, with much of Liberty's hair cropped off and the rest concealed in a large cap. Furthermore, Barber left the reverse design as it had been since 1860, with a plain laurel wreath. Barber's initial B appeared at the truncation of Liberty's neck.

The Executive Coin Company is one of the top coin dealers in United States who offers a variety of Barber Dimes in different grades and condition. Our selection includes the popular 1895-O key date, the 1895-S, the 1901-S and 1903-S key dates dimes and other early date Barber Dimes. All Barber Dimes we offer are expertly photographed with great care and accuracy to help you make the best choice for your collection!