1896-S Barber Quarter

The 1896-S Barber Quarter is the first of a trio San Francisco Mint issues, which comprise the most difficult coins in the series. This coin had a mintage of 188,039 coins.

Around the time of issue, few people along the west coast bothered to save the issue, despite the low mintage. As a result, most examples have survived in lower circulated grades, with high grade uncirculated pieces proving to be extremely rare. Gem examples of this issue are actually less commonly available than the much lower mintage 1913-S, which was the object of some hoarding.

The finest known 1896-S Barber Quarters are just two pieces graded MS66 by PCGS or NGC, with a single example graded NGC MS 67. Most recently, the piece graded NGC MS 66 sold for $57,588 at an auction held in January 2011.

Coin Specifications

Date 1896
Mint Mark S
Mint Location San Francisco
Composition 90% Silver, 10% Copper
Weight 6.25 grams
Diameter 24.3 mm
Designer Charles E. Barber

Coin Mintages

Mintage 188,039