First produced in the late 1800’s, the Barber Quarter was immediately a hit with US citizens because it offered increased versatility with regard to the money they were able to use. These coins, during their time in circulation, were utilized quite frequently and are still being used today. Though Barber Quarters are no longer being produced, they have grown to be extremely popular amongst coin collectors.
The 1910 Barber Quarters are more limited than quarters from the previous decade in general. In 1910, a couple things helped lead toward weaker numbers. First, a smaller demand for the quarter that year helped push numbers down. There was also the absence of two branch mints; the New Orleans mint stopped producing coins the previous year, and the San Francisco mint did not strike quarters in 1910.
If you ask any collector, they will tell you that it is their end goal is to purchase only those coins that have been well-preserved through the years. Unfortunately, due to the fact that these coins were circulated heavily, very few surviving pieces are found in great shape.
Like most old coins, collectors look at the Barber Quarter through the lens of how well it has been preserved. These coins were used on a daily basis during their time in production, and though they are old many of them have been well-preserved.
Under normal circumstances, coins this old are sent away for grading at the hand of a professional organization. Understanding that not everyone has the time and money to send coins away for grading, we have provided below a specification outline of what you can expect coins of a certain grade to look like.
Uncirculated: This is the grade given to those few coins that never spent any time in circulation. These coins were almost immediately put into safekeeping after they were minted, and because of that have managed to remain in tip-top shape. Naturally, these are some of the most sought after Barber Quarters.
Extremely Fine: If your coin is graded as being Extremely Fine, it is a piece that spent but only a short amount of time being circulated. These coins will show some extremely light amounts of wear and tear on their surfaces, but for the most part will appear to be in perfect shape. Only under close inspection are you able to make out this coin’s deficiencies.
Fine: If a coin is graded to be Fine, this means that it only incurred a light amount of damage during its time in circulation. These coins will show signs of wear and tear on both faces, but this damage will not be so severe that the coin’s imagery and texture will have been compromised. When it comes down to it, these Barber Quarter are also relatively well-preserved.
Good: A coin that receives the grade of Good is one that was circulated longer than any other Barber Quarter. Having incurred a lot of damage during its time exchanging hands, a Good Barber Quarter will quite appropriately show its age. The damage present on these coins is so great that you may even be able to find chipping, bending, and other signs of extreme damage.
For all Barber Quarters, giving the coin a price is not such and easy task and is something that cannot be done without taking a few factors into consideration. For one, you must consider the type of Quarter it is. Because multiple versions of the Barber Quarter were minted most years, the scarcity of the Quarter type you have is going to affect the price. Secondly, the condition means everything. If you have a Barber Quarter that is of high grade, it will sell for a much larger price than one in poor condition. Below is a chart that will give you a better idea of what you might be asked to pay for a Barber Quarter given its condition and type.
|1910 Barber Quarter||$9||$26||$80||$140|
|1910 Barber Quarter (D)||$10||$45||$125||$240||Source: Red Book|