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

1913-S 25C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
5666
Diameter:
24.30 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
6.30 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
40,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$172,500 • PCGS MS68 • 1-1-2005 • 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 2,500 R-4.5 13 / 74 TIE 13 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 150 R-7.5 16 / 74 TIE 16 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 70 R-8.3 38 / 74 TIE 38 / 74 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade  

Heritage 1/2005:4165, $172,500 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2370, $86,250

2 MS67+ PCGS grade

“Corona Del Mar” Collection

3 MS67 PCGS grade
3 MS67 PCGS grade  

S. Benton Emery Collection, most likely purchased directly from the San Francisco Mint) - Walter P. Nichols Collection - Bowers & Merena 11/1984:637 - Dr. Steven Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2009:1106, $60,375 - Joseph O'Connor, sold privately in 2009 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30439, $70,500

3 MS67 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade  

Heritage 1/2005:4165, $172,500 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2370, $86,250

2 MS67+ PCGS grade

“Corona Del Mar” Collection

3 MS67 PCGS grade
3 MS67 PCGS grade  

S. Benton Emery Collection, most likely purchased directly from the San Francisco Mint) - Walter P. Nichols Collection - Bowers & Merena 11/1984:637 - Dr. Steven Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2009:1106, $60,375 - Joseph O'Connor, sold privately in 2009 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30439, $70,500

3 MS67 PCGS grade  
6 MS66+ PCGS grade  
6 MS66+ PCGS grade  
6 MS66+ estimated grade  
9 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2015:3923, $35,250

9 MS66 PCGS grade

Ron Guth: The 1913-S Quarter is one of the great rarities in the Barber Quarter series.  It is second rarest to the 1901-S Quarter and about on par with the 1896-S, though the 1896-S is less rare in circulated grades.  Fortunately, collectors of long ago preserved some very nice examples of the 1913-S Quarter, including approximately 50-75 Mint State examples.  Amazingly, the 1913-S is one of the few dates in the series that is represented by an MS68 example (a phenomenal condition-rarity).  MS64 and MS65 seem to be the most plentiful Mint State grades, but even those are very rare and valuable.  Above MS66, the 1913-S is extremely rare.

Some 1913-S Quarters feature a die crack connecting the lower right loop of the 3 with the bust just left of the tip.  On the latest die states, the crack continues from the bottom of the 3 downward to the left until it hits the rim.  Given the small mintage of this date, the crack may have been the reason for the early retirement of the dies.