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    Desirable 1913-S Quarter, MS66
    Ex: JFS Collection

    1913-S 25C MS66 PCGS. With an original production of a mere 40,000 pieces, it is no surprise that the 1913-S Barber quarter has the lowest mintage of all nongold regular-issue U.S. coins from the 20th century. The 1913-S is one of the three most difficult issues in the series, along with the 1896-S and 1901-S. David Lawrence states that two sets of dies were probably used for the entire production. At least one of the obverse dies developed breaks. The present example is from a particularly late state, with a noticeable crack that begins at the rim and runs up through the 3 of the date and to the tip of Liberty's bust. Another small vertical crack is seen below Liberty's ear. This coin is untoned except for scattered, small apricot toning spots over the right portion of the obverse. The luster has a bright satiny sheen, and the only mentionable distraction is a dark spot in the reverse field below the eagle's left (facing) wing. Although not as rare as the 1901-S in high grades, the 1913-S is still a challenging date to locate as a Gem or better, with only 30 coins graded by PCGS above the MS64 level (4/09). A shimmering, high-end example of this prized 20th century rarity.
    Ex: FUN Signature Sale (Heritage, 1/2004), lot 2061, which realized $27,600; JFS Collection (Heritage, 8/2004), lot 4099.
    From The Joseph C. Thomas Collection, Part Two.
    (Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 23ZW, PCGS# 5666)

    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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