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Barber Quarter Value

Updated on February 2, 2012

Barber Quarter Value

The Quarter was one of three denominations that depicted the ‘Barber’ or Liberty Head design. The Barber coinage is thought to be one of the most unpopular designs minted in modern times. Although these coins never received the recognition they deserved, elapsed decades has allowed for these silver Quarters to reach surprisingly high values. Nowadays, with the amount of demand for these unique silver quarters, you wouldn't believe that they were originally met with an ill reception. Taking a deeper look into Barber Quarter Value, I'll cover some history, melt values and numismatic values of Key Date Barber Quarters..


1895 Barber Quarter Dollar Obverse. Photo Courtesy:
1895 Barber Quarter Dollar Obverse. Photo Courtesy:

History of the Barber Quarter:

  • The Barber Quarter was first released for circulation in 1892 as a replacement for the Liberty Seated Quarter. As with the Barber Dime and Half Dollar, these silver Quarters were designed by the Mint’s chief engraver, Charles E. Barber. The obverse of the coin featured a portrait of Liberty while the reverse depicted an eagle with spread wings.
  • As with the rest of the Barber coinage, the Barber Quarter was met with harsh criticism from the media. In 1892, newspapers published slanders towards the new Barber designs, stating that the coins were un-artistic and a complete misrepresentation of the United States coinage. Many media outlets claimed that the reverse eagle was an ill-depicted representation of America’s noble bird.
  • In its first year of mintage, two varieties of the reverse design were minted. The first variety shows the tip of the eagle’s wing covering only half of the ‘E’ in UNITED STATES, while the second variety shows the eagle’s wing completely covering the letter. Mintage numbers for the first variety are slightly less than the second, but neither variety is valued higher than another.
  • The Barber Quarter was continuously minted from the years 1892-1916. President Theodore Roosevelt’s legislation sought to replace the unpopular Barber designs, and in 1916, the Barber Quarter ceased production in favor for the new Walking Liberty Quarter.


Composition and Melt Value of Barber Quarters:

  • Weight – 6.25 Grams
  • Metal Composition – 90% Silver, 10% Copper
  • Melt Value – $7.97


1893O Silver Barber Quarter Reverse. Mintmark can be observed below the Eagle. O is for the New Orleans Mint. Photo:
1893O Silver Barber Quarter Reverse. Mintmark can be observed below the Eagle. O is for the New Orleans Mint. Photo:

Don't have a Key or Semi Key Date?

Other dates not considered a Key or Semi key date range in value from $Melt to just over $1,000, depending on the year and condition of your coin. If you’re unsure of how to tell the condition of your Barber Quarter, it’s good to familiarize yourself with the Coin Grading Scale.

Value of Barber Quarters:

Even though the Barber Quarter was never a popular design, the passing of decades has allowed for inflation of values for this unique coin. Coin collectors put a lot of demand and pressure on existing coins, allowing for common dates to have values reaching twenty five times the face value for a quarter in G-4 condition. The latest silver boom has further increased the pressure put on these coins. Included below are a list of Key and Semi Key date Barber Quarters and their corresponding numismatic values:

Key Date Barber Quarters:

  • 1896S – Valued at $700-15,000+
  • 1901S – Valued at $5,000-40,000+
  • 1913S – Valued at $1,000-10,000+

Semi Key Date Barber Quarters:

  • 1892S – Valued at $30-900
  • 1896O – Valued at $28-1,600+
  • 1897S – Valued at $45-1,500+
  • 1901O – Valued at $45-1,700+
  • 1914S – Valued at $75-1,300+


Barber Quarters are great for collectors who have the time and effort to purchase these coins, as they are normally not found in circulation. Although a couple years back, I happened to stumble upon a 1901 in a roll of Quarters from the bank, so there could be some still remaining! Thanks for reading my article on Barber Quarter Value. If you're interested in more American Coinage, I've included a list of my other articles for your reading enjoyment.


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