For collectors, coins from the US Mint have a special appeal simply because they are often directly tied to the history of the United States itself. The Barber Quarter, which was first introduced in the late 1800’s, is one of these coins that has become extremely popular in the eyes of collectors.
The 1909 Barber Quarters are considered common by most coin collectors and are available in grades ranging from well worn to uncirculated. However, the branch mint coins are generally tougher to find in mint state than their Philadelphia counterpart. Generally, 1909 quarters find a huge following among type set coin collectors, most particularly the Philadelphia issue, which is the most readily available piece among the quarters from that year.
Of course, as far as collectors are concerned, the only pieces worth taking are those that have been well-preserved through the years. Unfortunately for most everyone, these coins were heavily circulated which means that they are often found in sub-par condition.
For any coin collector, the number one goal is to build a collection full of the most unique and beautiful coins that one can find. Part of this is ensuring that most, if not all, of your coins are in excellent condition. This is why you will see investors paying very close attention to any and all details of a particular coin.
Under normal circumstances, the coin in question will have its condition judged by a professional grading organization. We understand, however, that not everyone has the time and money to send their coin away for grading, so we have provided below an outline of the characteristics associated with coins of certain grades.
Uncirculated: A coin that is Uncirculated is, by definition, one that spent no time exchanging hands on the open market. These coins will have been very well preserved and appear as though they were just recently minted. All of the imagery and inscriptions on the faces of the coin will remain intact, and the coin itself will appear pristine. Naturally, this is the type of graded Barber Quarter that is most highly sought after by collectors.
Extremely Fine: In order to be given a grade of Extremely Fine, the coin in question will have had to spend some time in circulation, but not very much time at all. Before long, the Barber Quarter was likely removed from circulation and kept in a safe place until today. Because of the care taken, these coins appear to be in excellent condition and are of high value to collectors everywhere.
Fine: A coin graded to be Fine is one that saw a good amount of time in circulation and incurred some light damage as a result. While you will be able to easily make out the imagery and inscriptions of the coin, you will not be able to ignore the fact that plenty of light scratching and other small imperfections are present on the coin’s faces.
Good: If a Barber Quarter is graded to be good, that means that it has spent a good amount of time on the open exchange market. These coins will show ample signs of wear that, at times, can be downright unappealing. Though in poor shape, collectors who are looking to put together a complete collection are going to want these coins.
If you would like to find out more about how much you might be asked to pay for a 1909 Barber Quarter, there are a few factors you must consider. First and foremost, it is imperative that you analyze the condition the coin is in. Naturally, those coins that have been preserved in good condition through the years are the same ones that will sell for a high price. Secondly, because a few different types of the Barber Quarter were minted every year, the specific type you desire will also play into how much you are going to be asked to pay. Below is a chart that will give you a better idea of what you might pay for a 1909 Barber Quarter given its condition and type.
|1909 Barber Quarter||$9||$26||$65||$120|
|1909 Barber Quarter (D)||$9||$26||$85||$150|
|1909 Barber Quarter (O)||$42||$400||$1,000||$1,800|
|1909 Barber Quarter (S)||$9||$35||$90||$185||Source: Red Book|