Of all the coins produced by the US Mint over the years, few are more popular in the eyes of collectors than the Barber Quarter. The US Mint was founded in the latter stages of the 18th century, and since then has been producing some of the finest coinage the world has seen. Thanks to this, those coins produced by the US Mint are highly sought after by collectors.
The rareness of the 1913-S Barber quarter cannot be understated. This coin is heavily coveted today by numismatists across the board, and especially Barber Quarter coin collectors. The 1913-S had an extremely low mintage, a mere 40,000. Without a doubt, 1913 Barber quarters could be considered one of the scarcest years overall for the series. The San Francisco mint’s slight production helping to keep the total production of 1913 quarters at under 2 million.
One of the most coveted coins produced by the US Mint is the Barber Quarter. This coin is no longer being produced, but is valued today by collectors from around the world. The thing about these particular coins is that collectors only want them in top condition, though this is not always an easy task to accomplish.
When it comes to the Barber Quarter, the first thing any collector will look at is the condition the coin is in. These coins are quite old, so it comes as no surprise that many of them are in poor shape after having been circulated for decades at a time. While many Barber Quarters are found in poor condition, many more are found excellently preserved.
Normally, a person who would like to know the exact condition of a coin will send it away for grading. Unfortunately, not everyone has the time and money laying around to send a coin away for grading, so we have provided below a list of specifications that will help you understand what characteristics are tied to coins of specific grades.
Uncirculated: A Barber Quarter that is graded as being Uncirculated is one that spent no time exchanging hands and never had the opportunity to incur damage. These coins will appear to be wholly pristine as their imagery and inscriptions will be left untouched. For over a century old, an Uncirculated Barber Quarter will more aptly resemble a coin that was just recently minted.
Extremely Fine: Extremely Fine is the grade given to Barber Quarters that have been circulated for a small amount of time. During their short time exchanging hands, the amount of damage incurred by these coins is going to be very light. In fact, any damage that is one the faces of the coin will only be able to be seen under close inspection.
Fine: A coin graded to be Fine is one that spent a decent amount of time being circulated, but was taken out of circulation before heavy damage occurred. Though you will be able to make out a lot of light scratching, the coin’s overall appearance is not completely detracted by the wear. Overall, Barber Quarters graded as being Fine are highly sought after by collectors of all types.
Good: This is the grade given to Barber Quarters that are in the worst of the worst condition. These coins spent a long time in circulation and have incurred a lot of damage as a result. Though in poor condition, collectors who are looking to piece together an entire set of Barber Quarters will still want to get their hands on even a Good graded coin.
If you are trying to get a better idea of what you might be asked to pay for a graded Barber Quarter, there are a few things you must think of first. For one, the condition of the coin means everything. If you are in possession of a Barber Quarter that has been well-preserved, you will naturally be able to ask for a higher price. Secondly, because there were up to three types of Barber Quarters minted every year, the exact type of Quarter you are in possession of will also play a role in determining the price. Below is a chart that will give you a better idea of what you can expect to pay for a Barber Quarter given its condition and type.
|1913 Barber Quarter||$22||$100||$400||$525|
|1913 Barber Quarter (D)||$12||$35||$85||$175|
|1913 Barber Quarter (S)||$1,650||$5,000||$10,000||$12,750||Source: Red Book|