How Much is a Barber Quarter Worth? (1892-1916 Price Chart)

The Barber (Liberty head) quarter belongs to the Barber coin series minted from 1892 to 1916. This coin got its name after the US Chief Engraver Charles E. Barber, the man who created its design. Four mints produced these coins depending on the year, including Philadelphia, New Orleans, Denver, and San Francisco.

Most pieces are rare, and a few are really scarce, directly affecting Barber quarter values. Even coins in the worst possible condition will be worth at least as much as the silver it contains. Since most of these coins were in heavy circulation, you need to be patient to find high-grade specimens and be prepared to pay them more.

Barber Quarter History

Barber Quarter History

Four mints produced Barber quarters during the minting period from 1892 to 1916, including Denver, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and New Orleans.

You can recognize the minting place thanks to the mint mark on the coin reverse, below the eagle’s tail. As always, coins minted in Philadelphia don’t have a mint mark, while others are marked with letters D, S, or O.

Barber quarter

Face value $0.25 (25 cents)
Compound 90% silver and 10% copper
Coin weight 0.20094 troy ounces (6.25 g)
Silver weight 0.18084 troy ounces (5.62 g)
Coin diameter 0.95669 inches (24.3 mm)
Shape Round
Edge Reeded

Charles E. Barber designed both the coin obverse and reverse. You can see Lady Liberty facing right with a Phrygian cap on her head. The inscription LIBERTY is written on a small band, next to a laurel wreath she wears.

The reverse is unique, with the Great Seal of the US showing a heraldic eagle and thirteen stars that honored first states. The eagle holds arrows and an olive branch in its talons.

The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is placed over the bird’s head, while the denomination QUARTER DOLLAR is placed along the bottom coin rim.

 

Barber Quarter Price

Barber Quarter Price
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Once you get one of the Barber quarters, you need to check its:

  • Date and the mint mark variety to determine its availability
  • Grading condition to estimate its value
  • Special qualities to know how collectible this particular piece is

Most Barber quarters are inexpensive in low grades, except for a few rare pieces, including the 1896 S Barber quarter worth $1,000 in good condition. On the other hand, the coin in the mint state can reach almost $20,000.

Depending on the condition, the 1896 O Barber quarter will cost you $60 to $2,000. Coins minted in San Francisco and New Orleans in 1897 are more expensive than most other pieces, and you should set aside about $2,000 for those in the mint state.

Barber quarter value by USA Coin Book

Year Quality Mintage
Good Very good Fine Very fine Extra fine AU MS 60 MS 63
1892 $7 $7.9 $28 $48 $83 $138 $260 $470 8,237,245
1892 S $33 $55 $90 $145 $223 $335 $520 $1,155 964,079
1892 O $14 $19 $48 $65 $105 $175 $335 $520 2,640,000
1893 $7 $7.9 $28 $48 $83 $138 $250 $445 5,484,838
1893 S $19 $40 $65 $120 $185 $335 $495 $1,200 1,454,535
1893 O $7.9 $12 $33 $65 $110 $185 $310 $545 3,396,000
1894 $7 $7.9 $39 $55 $105 $167 $268 $495 3,432,972
1894 S $7.9 $14 $45 $65 $133 $230 $365 $797 2,648,821
1894 O $7.9 $20 $48 $80 $145 $255 $365 $797 2,852,000
1895 $7.9 $12 $33 $50 $90 $157 $250 $545 4,440,880
1895 S $19 $35 $80 $135 $186 $308 $465 $1,155 1,764,681
1895 O $10.3 $20 $55 $80 $157 $255 $445 $1,005 2,816,000
1896 $7.9 $12 $33 $50 $90 $145 $280 $445 3,874,762
1896 S $1,005 $1,670 $2,583 $4,230 $5,570 $7,640 $10,820 $19,480 188,039
1896 O $63 $93 $223 $350 $620 $890 $1,155 $2,225 1,484,000
1897 $7.9 $12 $28 $45 $80 $120 $270 $445 8,140,731
1897 S $133 $167 $335 $595 $920 $1,110 $1,770 $2,085 542,229
1897 O $45 $75 $200 $375 $445 $645 $950 $1,935 1,414,800
1898 $7 $7.9 $28 $48 $80 $138 $250 $445 11,100,735
1898 S $9 $28 $45 $65 $100 $225 $420 $1,290 1,020,592
1898 O $14 $30 $80 $157 $335 $425 $675 $1,670 1,868,000
1899 $7 $7.9 $28 $48 $83 $138 $250 $445 12,624,846
1899 S $30 $45 $105 $120 $157 $290 $470 $1,555 708,000
1899 O $9 $17 $40 $80 $135 $280 $420 $890 2,644,000
1900 $7 $7.9 $28 $48 $83 $138 $250 $445 10,016,912
1900 S $7.9 $14 $40 $65 $90 $145 $390 $1,110 1,858,585
1900 O $10.3 $28 $75 $120 $157 $345 $570 $950 3,416,000
1901 $7 $7.9 $28 $48 $83 $138 $250 $445 8,892,813
1901 S $5,700 $10,820 $17,885 $24,970 $33,155 $38,125 $44,475 $52,100 72,664
1901 O $45 $65 $157 $308 $495 $675 $950 $2,010 1,612,000
1902 $7 $7.9 $28 $48 $80 $130 $250 $445 12,197,744
1902 S $12 $25 $65 $100 $175 $270 $545 $1,060 1,524,612
1902 O $7.9 $15 $55 $95 $157 $250 $520 $1,425 4,748,000
1903 $7 $7.9 $28 $48 $80 $130 $250 $495 9,670,064
1903 S $14 $28 $48 $95 $167 $310 $470 $950 1,036,000
1903 O $7.9 $10.3 $45 $65 $133 $310 $470 $1,288 3,500,000
1904 $7 $7.9 $28 $48 $80 $135 $250 $445 9,588,813
1904 O $33 $45 $95 $167 $268 $495 $890 $1,425 2,456,000
1905 $33 $40 $55 $73 $83 $133 $250 $465 4,968,250
1905 S $33 $45 $83 $110 $130 $250 $390 $1,110 1,884,000
1905 O $45 $65 $133 $237 $287 $390 $520 $1,355 1,230,000
1906 $7 $7.9 $28 $48 $80 $130 $250 $445 3,656,423
1906 O $7 $7.9 $45 $65 $110 $223 $335 $595 2,056,000
1906 D $7 $7.9 $33 $55 $80 $160 $260 $495 3,280,000
1907 $7 $7.9 $28 $45 $80 $130 $250 $445 7,192,575
1907 S $7.9 $17 $48 $80 $157 $305 $520 $1,110 1,360,000
1907 O $7 $7.9 $28 $50 $80 $145 $280 $545 4,560,000
1907 D $7 $7.9 $28 $50 $85 $195 $310 $705 2,484,000
1908 $7 $7.9 $28 $50 $80 $130 $250 $445 4,232,545
1908 S $17 $40 $95 $185 $365 $500 $830 $1,200 784,000
1908 O $7 $7.9 $28 $50 $80 $130 $250 $445 6,244,000
1908 D $7 $7.9 $28 $50 $80 $130 $250 $445 5,788,000
1909 $7 $7.9 $28 $50 $73 $130 $250 $445 9,268,650
1909 S $7 $7.9 $40 $63 $100 $200 $315 $830 1,348,000
1909 O $45 $110 $445 $705 $1,005 $1,935 $2,745 $3,780 712,000
1909 D $7 $7.9 $28 $50 $93 $167 $250 $445 5,114,000
1910 $7 $7.9 $28 $50 $90 $157 $250 $445 2,244,551
1910 D $7.9 $9 $48 $80 $138 $268 $390 $1,005 1,500,000
1911 $7.9 $7.9 $28 $50 $80 $138 $250 $445 3,720,543
1911 S $7 $7.9 $63 $93 $185 $305 $420 $830 988,000
1911 D $33 $45 $167 $335 $470 $645 $920 $1,425 933,600
1912 $7 $7.9 $28 $50 $80 $130 $250 $445 4,400,700
1912 S $20 $33 $73 $100 $140 $237 $390 $1,030 708,000
1913 $14 $28 $80 $200 $445 $570 $1,005 $1,290 484,613
1913 S $1,810 $2,430 $5,570 $8,310 $10,820 $14,200 $16,640 $21,900 40,000
1913 D $10.3 $14 $40 $65 $93 $195 $310 $495 1,450,800
1914 $7 $7.9 $25 $45 $73 $130 $250 $445 6,244,610
1914 S $138 $200 $420 $595 $890 $1,058 $1,425 $1,725 264,000
1914 D $7 $7.9 $25 $45 $73 $130 $250 $445 3,046,000
1915 $7 $7.9 $25 $45 $73 $130 $250 $445 3,480,450
1815 S $28 $45 $65 $93 $130 $223 $315 $520 704,000
1915 D $7 $7.9 $25 $45 $73 $130 $250 $445 3,694,000
1916 $7 $7.9 $25 $45 $73 $130 $250 $445 1,788,000
1916 D $7 $7.9 $25 $45 $73 $130 $250 $445 6,540,800

Relatively rare 1913 S Barber quarter has the lowest mintage among American regular-strike silver coins the US Mint produced in the 20th century. It is worth almost $2,000 if you have a piece in good condition. The specimen in the mint state will cost you more than $20,000.

Finally, the 1914 S Barber quarter will cost you almost $2,000 when you find an uncirculated piece.

As for the proof coins, those minted from 1892 to 1913 are typically worth $900 to $1,900, depending on the condition and dealer. Remember that the Philadelphia mint didn’t produce these coins in 1916.

 

The King of Barber Coinage

The King of Barber Coinage

The series key date among Barber quarters is the 1901 S specimen, the King of Barber coinage. The highly graded 1901 Barber quarter produced in the New Orleans mint can reach approximately $2,000, the one minted in San Francisco is considered scarce.

The price of any saved specimen of 72,664 minted in the worst condition is at least $5,700. On the other hand, you need to set aside at least $50,000 for the MS 63 graded piece.

The top-grade MS 68+ King of Barber quarter was sold fin 1990 for an unbelievable $550,000. Due to the current economic situation, a similar piece was sold in 2010 for only $327,000.

 

Summary

Although the US Mint produced Barber quarters in a relatively short period, most of them are affordable even in the mint stage. These coins are highly collectible nowadays, even though most collectors didn’t appreciate them before the late 1960s.

If you like this appealing design, you should choose this series. Besides a few rare pieces, most Barber quarters will cost you less than $15.

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