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U.S. Barber Quarter Values and History-How Much Is Barber Quarters Worth?

Updated on July 15, 2013

Barber Quarter History And Designer

The Barber Quarter series was produced from 1892-1916. The coin was designed by Mr. Charles Barber. The very first request for a new design was by James P. Kimball in 1887. He wanted to replace the Seated Liberty design. Kimball was the United States Mint Director at the time. Kimball saw hundreds of different designs by many different people, but eventually chose Mr. Barber's design for the new series. Not only would quarters be replaced with the new design, dimes and half dollars would also be replaced. The Barber Series includes all three coins.

All coins from the Barber Series are made out of 90% silver. Due to the very high circulation of all the coins in this particular series, it is very hard in modern days to find such coins in great shape or in uncirculated condition. Since most of these coins are damaged or have been melted down for the silver content, the value has risen on the Barber Quarter over the years. The Barber Series in total was probably one of the best circulated coin series in American history.

Most Barber Quarters that you see today are very worn down. The Barber design was made for the dime, quarter, and half dollar. Due to the design of the Barber coins, the coin was easily worn during circulation. Even though this is true, the Barber Quarter and Barber series in general is very popular among collectors. Rare Barber Quarters that have full details are extremely rare and very valuable.

Barber Quarter Values And Features

The obverse side of the coin has a picture of "Liberty" and she is wearing a wreath. The date is seen centered at the bottom of the coin. There are 13 stars on the front of the coin which represent the 13 original American Colonies. On the reverse side of the coin, there is an eagle with spread wings. The eagle is grasping arrows and an olive branch. The arrows stand for America's rediness in case of war and the olive branch stands for peace. "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" is centered at the top of the coin and "QUARTER DOLLAR" is centered on the bottom. The back of the coin and the rims on the obverse and reverse are usually the places that have the most wear. The date on the Barber Quarter usually withstands the constant wear and circulation of the coin.

There are some very valuable coins in this series. The 1901-S Barber Quarter is at the top of the list in the series. This coin is worth around $5,000 and can be worth as much as $8,000 for a uncirculated coin. The 1913-S Barber Quarter is worth around $1,300 in good condition and worth nearly $3,000 in a high grade. The 1896-S is worth around $720.00 in good condition. The 1914-S is worth around $63.00 and the 1897-S is worth nearly $50.00. Even common date Barber Quarters have value. If you have a high grade Barber Quarter, it can be worth $20-$50. If you have one that is really worn, it is still worth close to $6 due to the silver content. Silver coins have seen a decrease in value over the past week or so. Silver was worth $43 a ounce months ago. As of now, the price has dropped all the way down to $22 dollars an ounce.

If you have any questions about your Barber Quarters or any other coin, be sure to leave me a comment and I would be glad to answer your question. Remember, the value of your coin depends on the rarity and the grade of your coin. The better your coin looks, the higher the value. Be sure to check back with us as we continue to add more articles about coins.

Barber Quarter Values Rising Steady

The value of the Barber Quarter continues to climb as it has done for the past few years. As you read earlier, finding a detailed Barber Quarter is very hard and very rare. Although the silver price continues to fall, most Barber Quarters have a strong value. However, if the grade of your Barber Quarter is only "good." your Barber Quarter value will be based on the current price of silver. If your lucky enough to find a rare Barber Quarter, their value remains unchanged as of July 2013.


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      Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Jami, thank you for stopping in and reading the hub. It is very much appreciated.

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      jami l. pereira 6 years ago

      Wow.. I voted useful,awesome and interesting , great Hub ! I have a bunch of differant coins from all over the world , some i collected just cause they were differant others i got from family and friends ,and some i have no clue as to where they came from , ,maybe one day i will see , Thanks for this hub , informative and inspiring !:)

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      Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Thanks for the comment Sally. It is truly fun.

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      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      Beautiful coin! I am not a collecor, but I do always look through my change -- finding old or different coins is fun.