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    1896-S Barber Quarter, MS66
    Only One Example Graded Finer

    1896-S 25C MS66 NGC. The 1896-S quarter, along with its lower-mintage 1901-S and 1913-S counterparts, is part of the "terrible troika" of Barber quarter keys. In most grades, it is the lowest-priced of the three, thanks to a mintage more than double that of either of its rivals. In Select and better grades, however, the 1896-S outpaces the 1913-S on price, despite a more than four-to-one disparity in original mintage, since the 1913-S quarter issue experienced a degree of hoarding.
    Two separate obverse dies are known for the 1896-S quarter. The present example comes from Die 1, according to the numbering system used by David Lawrence in his The Complete Guide to Barber Quarters. This die is most famous for its "ear bars," which are actually clash marks from the shield on the reverse that appear in the hollow of Liberty's ear. The patch of clash marks is small and easily missed without close inspection, which may explain why those marks were not effaced after the clash. The reverse is Die 2, which has the mintmark closer to the R in QUARTER than to the D in DOLLAR.
    The collector's first glance, however, is unlikely to be concerned with the minutiae of die varieties. This carefully preserved Premium Gem's elegant eye appeal is far too dramatic for that. Rich, powerful luster shines through a melange of delicate, yet eye-catching rose, orange, blue-green, and gold shadings. The reverse adds a touch of jade and mint. The quality is nearly unparalleled: Only two pieces at this level appear in the combined certified populations--one each at NGC and PCGS--and just one finer example has been graded, by NGC (10/10).
    Ex: Dallas Signature (Heritage, 10/2008), lot 692, which realized $89,125.
    From The Joseph C. Thomas Collection, Part Two.(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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