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    Superb Gem 1913-S Barber Quarter
    Low-Mintage Key Date
    Only One Coin Certified Finer

    1913-S 25C MS67 NGC. Always in demand because of its series-low mintage of just 40,000 pieces, the 1913-S is one of the keys to a collection of Barber quarters. In fact the 1913-S has the lowest production total of any non-gold, regular-issue U.S. coin of the 20th century. In The Complete Guide to Barber Quarters, second edition, David Lawrence noted, "Mint State specimens are sometimes available, but always command a significant premium over listed values." Fortunately, a few superior examples, like the present coin, were saved by collectors at the time of issue. Current population data shows NGC has certified five coins in MS67, with none finer, while PCGS has graded only three Superb Gems, with a single specimen finer (11/10).
    The rarity of the 1913-S was recognized at an early date. Examples began appearing in auction catalogs at least as early as 1921, when an uncirculated specimen was featured in lot 506 of the James H. Manning Collection (Thomas Elder, 5/1921). The lot realized $0.60, not bad for an eight year old coin in those days. Imagine Elder's astonishment if he could have witnessed the sale of the PCGS graded MS68 specimen in lot 4165 of the FUN Signature Auction (Heritage, 1/2005), which realized $172,500.
    The present coin is a sharply struck Superb Gem, with bright, frosty mint luster. This example is from a late state of the die, showing a die crack from the edge, through the 3 in the date, to the point of the bust. Another short crack shows on Liberty's bust, below the ear and along the jawline. The visual appeal of this coin is tremendous.(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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