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    Rare, Key Date 1896-S Barber Quarter in Mint State 64

    1896-S 25C MS64 PCGS. The 1896-S is one of the "Big Three" among Barber Quarters, the others being the 1901-S and 1913-S. The '96-S was produced to the extent of just 188,039 pieces, survivors of which are particularly rare and desirable in grades at or above the XF level. This is the first near-Gem that we have offered since early 2001, and it is a bright coin with swirling cartwheel luster effects. Both sides present as untoned, at least outwardly, but one can discern faint champagne-tan highlights at a few angles. Fully brought up in all areas, and probably worthy of consideration at the MS65 level were it not for a few obverse abrasions before Liberty's earlobe.
    Specialists recognize two obverse and two reverse dies for the 1896-S Quarter. This particular representative was struck from the dies that David Lawrence (1994) attributes as obverse # 1 and reverse # 1. The former is clashed (as produced), evidence of which is seen in Liberty's ear. Population: 9 in 64, 11 finer (1/03). (NGC ID# 23Y9, PCGS# 5615)

    Weight: 6.25 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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