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    Superbly Toned, First Year 1892 Barber Quarter

    1892 25C PR68 NGC. Type Two Reverse. The Barber Quarter made its debut in 1892, following a coin design competition in 1891 in which outside artists were invited to submit their ideas, but none were acceptable. A new "grand competition" was envisioned with 10 of America's most distinguished artists sending in proposals. However, less than two months was allowed and virtually no compensation was given, so nothing of significance was received. The Treasury Department then decided to have a public competition open to all comers with Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Henry Mitchell, and Charles Barber (then chief engraver at the mint) judging the results. Nothing was found to suit the committee, however Barber was selected to turn out a new design. His result was a design based on French influence with the result being the Liberty Head series now offered. In collector terminology, these have been named "Barber Quarters (Dimes and Half Dollars in their respective denominations). Curiously enough, in the 1930s and 1940s, many numismatists referred to these as Morgan Quarters.
    During the first year, 1,245 proofs were struck, many of these being subsequently sold at the Columbian Exposition. The first proof strikes rolled off the press at 9:00 AM, January 2, 1892.
    The obverse has a mixture of iridescent crimson, lavender, gunmetal-blue, and gold colors, while the reverse is bright overall excepting a golden-brown ring about the border. The strike is razor-sharp, and the surfaces are gloriously preserved. The reverse is the Type Two style with the eagle's left (facing) wing covering the crossbar of E in UNITED. Examples of both the Type One and Type Two reverses exist from all three mints, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and New Orleans, as well as in proof and business strike formats. Population by both services combined: 14 in Proof 68, none are finer (11/04).(#5678) (Registry values: N4719)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2427, PCGS# 5678)

    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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    Auction Dates
    January, 2005
    12th-15th Wednesday-Saturday
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