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1901-1916 25 Cent Silver Barber VG
These Barbers Suffered From Depression!
In 1887, Mint Director James Kimball included a statement in his annual report to the United States Congress requesting a coinage redesign. He proposed a process whereby distinguished artists would be invited to participate in the design process. So in 1890, the Treasury asked ten prominent American artists to submit design proposals for minor silver coinage. However, this plan collapsed when the artists made financial demands that the Treasury was unwilling to meet. The next effort was a contest open to the public, but none of the designs submitted were satisfactory to the Mint. Ultimately, it fell to Chief Engraver Charles Barber to create new designs for silver coinage. The Barber Quarter was struck for 25 years from1892 to 1916. It circulated during several important periods in American history such as the mass foreign immigration through New York City (Ellis Island), the American control over the Hawaiian Islands, the Spanish-American War (which yielded America the colonial possessions of the Philippines and Cuba), and World War I. The first 90% silver Barber Quarter was struck in 1892. The very next year the country sank into a major depression - and it didn't end until the U.S. entered World War I - one year after the last Barber was minted. The result? Nearly all Barber Quarters were spent over and over again - wearing down each time. Very few were saved. That's why it's so hard to find Barbers in Very Good (VG) condition today. We have them for you here, dated between 1901 and 1916, but don’t wait - they're extremely popular and sell fast! Date is our choice.
|Year of Issue||1901|
|Mint Name||U.S. Mint|