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    In-Demand Gem 1896-S Barber Quarter

    1896-S 25C MS65 PCGS. CAC. "People check the 1916-D Mercury dime or the 1909-S VDB Lincoln cent, but they tend to brush right by the price listing of Barber quarters." Paul M. Green highlighted the current lack of interest in Barber quarters in his July 16, 2002 edition of "Item of the Week" for Numismatic News.
    In the years since Green wrote those words, however, Barber quarters have enjoyed increasing popularity, particularly among collectors seeking undervalued and underappreciated series as the coin market heated up.
    While the 1896-S is perceived by most to be the least challenging of the "Big Three" Barber quarter issues to acquire, that perception holds true only for circulated pieces. The 1896-S, despite a mintage more than four times that of the 1913-S, is far more elusive than the later issue in Mint State grades. The 1913-S was known to be a low-mintage issue from the start, and as a result, collectors from the burgeoning numismatic population of the early 20th century saved numerous examples. By contrast, the 1896-S slipped unnoticed into circulation, and it was not until much later that the issue was recognized as a condition rarity. With only nine Gems graded by PCGS and just one coin finer, however, the challenge of finding an MS65 example is clear (11/11).
    The opportunity to acquire an 1896-S quarter with the twin attributes of high grade and excellent eye appeal comes only infrequently. Both sides offer potent luster with delicate silver-gray and golden tints over the fields. Subtle frost sparkles softly on the solidly struck and pleasingly preserved devices, a wonderful example of this key-date issue.
    Ex: Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 2/2008), lot 394, which brought $64,975.(Registry values: N7079) (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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