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SERIES: Barber Quarters 1892-1916
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1896-S 25C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
5615
Diameter:
24.30 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
6.30 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
188,039
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$89,125 • NGC MS66 • 10-1-2008 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 2,000 R-4.6 1 / 74 TIE 1 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 80 R-8.2 1 / 74 TIE 1 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 30 R-8.9 11 / 74 TIE 11 / 74 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 estimated grade  

Bradley Bloch Collection - Goldbergs 9/1999:1260 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98413, $76,375

4 MS65 PCGS grade
4 MS65 PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 estimated grade  

Bradley Bloch Collection - Goldbergs 9/1999:1260 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98413, $76,375

4 MS65 PCGS grade
4 MS65 PCGS grade
4 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1896-S Quarter Dollar is a well-recognized rarity in all grades.

All 1896-S Quarter Dollars show the mintmark positioned above the space between the R of QUARTER and the D of DOLLAR.  However, there are two different dies with this feature: one with the S low and close to the R; another with the S higher and farther away from the R.  To see illustrations of both, click on the "View All Images" link.  If the mintmark is not in either of these positions, or does not have the same shape and appearance as the ones illustrated here, then the coin is most likely a counterfeit or the mintmark has been added.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Those Shifty Mintmarks" by David Lange, The Numismatist, September 2010, pp. 21-22