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    Key 1913-S Barber Quarter, MS67 ★
    Single Finest at NGC
    An Immaculately Preserved Example

    1913-S 25C MS67 ★ NGC. Aficionados of the Barber quarter series -- and they are many -- who hear about a 1913-S, automatically associate it with the other two keys to the collection, the 1896-S and 1901-S. While it is true that all three are of extremely low mintage -- the 1913-S, at only 40,000 pieces, is one of the lowest-mintage regular-issue silver coins of the entire 20th century -- there are a couple of crucial differences, to boot.
    For starters, take a look at all three mintages and their current 2012 Guide Book retail valuations in Good 4 and MS63 -- the highest Mint State grade given for the three keys:

    --1896-S. Mintage 188,039. Good 4, $950; MS63, $18,000.
    --1901-S. Mintage 72,664. Good 4, $5,600; MS-63, $48,000.
    --1913-S. Mintage 40,000. Good 4, $1,800; MS63, $20,000.


    Even these basic data suggest that the 1896-S is the least of the three, and that the 1913-S, despite its lowest mintage, is more available, at least at the grade levels shown, than the 1901-S in similar grades.
    While always cautioning about the certainty of duplications, a longer look at the NGC Census data will reveal that there are:

    --32 submissions of the 1896-S in all Mint State grades, of which 10 are Gem or finer;
    --13 submissions of the 1901-S in Mint State, of which 6 are Gem or finer; and
    --45 submissions of the 1913-S in Mint State, of which 17 are Gem or finer.


    But before we proceed further in the comparison, we must point out that this incredible MS67 1913-S is the single finest graded example at NGC by virtue of the Star designation, although there are five submissions in MS67 without the Star.
    The analysis above emphasizes that the 1913-S, despite the singular nature of this special example, is overall more available in Mint State, mostly lower-Mint State examples, than the 1896-S or 1901-S.
    The difference is likely a function of the few more pieces that were put away at the time of issue, perhaps by some farsighted early San Franciscan collectors. Although Augustus Heaton's seminal treatise on the collecting of coins by date and mintmark came out in 1893, various writers have pointed out the importance of the 1909-S VDB cent as a coin that really drove home how much more valuable certain coins were that contained that little "S" mintmark. For many collectors, there is nothing like realizing a profit to provide a lasting education.
    And that is certainly the case of this 1913-S quarter, a completely brilliant silver-white specimen, with flashy, radiant fields throughout. Noticeable semiprooflikeness in the fields is brought about by die striations, a byproduct of the die preparation process. The strike is sharp, although just short of full due to incomplete definition on the right (facing) claw. As expected, it takes a loupe to reveal even the smallest ticks on this immaculately preserved specimen. A coin for the connoisseur or the finest Barber quarter Registry Set. Census: 1 in 67 , 0 finer (4/11).(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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