Barber Quarter (About Good - Good Condition)
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Buy Barber Quarter (About Good - Good Condition)
The Barber Quarter replaced the Seated Liberty design on the quarter dollar in 1892. Struck from 90% silver, like all U.S. coins between the dime and the dollar from this time, the Barber quarter owes its name to the U.S. Mint's Chief Engraver at the time, Charles E. Barber. These coins have become increasingly collectible the longer they have been out of circulation (now almost a century). Yet, they are also coveted for the intrinsic value of their fine silver content. This offer is for random date coins, depending upon what's available in-stock at the time of your purchase.
The obverse design shows Barber's Liberty head, the right-facing bust of a male version of Liberty. He wears a crown of laurel that has the word "LIBERTY" on the headband and a small ribbon in the back. The traditional motto "IN GOD WE TRUST" can be found along the top rim, with a total of thirteen stars around the rim on its two sides. The year-date (randomly chosen between 1892 and 1916) is inscribed beneath the truncation at the bottom rim.
On the reverse, which was also designed by Charles Barber, a bald eagle is shown in heraldic pose. Its wings are spread as a shield, unsupported, hovers in front of the eagle. A ribbon clasped in the eagle's beak features the motto "E PLURIBUS UNUM," while an olive branch and a bundle of arrows are held in the eagle's talons. Thirteen stars sit above the eagle's head, with the issuing nation "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" inscribed above, running along the top half of the rim. The denomination "QUARTER DOLLAR" is placed at the bottom rim.
In his own time, Charles Barber was an engraver much maligned for the somewhat unimaginative character of his neoclassical designs. Though he was the Chief Engraver of the Mint, he was often passed over for outside artists and sculptors when new coins needed to be designed. For this reason, coins with Barber's designs were not as heavily collected by his contemporaries, which has made them more scarce and collectible in the present day. These About Good to Good condition Barber quarters are an inexpensive way to add some silver bullion to your holdings, or they can help fill out your coin collection with a piece rich in history.
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