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02 Dec 2018

Learn Your Types: Barber Quarter

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The Barber Quarter, also known as the Liberty Head Quarter, was minted between 1892and 1916 andwasprecededbythe Seated Liberty Quarter and wassucceededby the Standing Liberty Quarter. These coins were designed by Charles E. Barber, hence the name Barber. The reason they are also known as the Liberty Head Quarter is because the head on the obverse is that of Lady Liberty. A common complaint about this coin is that many believe theportraitlooks much more like a man than a woman. Many would be led to believe that is Mr. Liberty, but it is not.Thecoin weighs 6.25 grams and is composed of 90% silver and 10% copper. It has a diameter of 24.3, all the same as the previous Seated Liberty series and the Standing Liberty Quarters. These coins have the same obverse and reverse design as the Half Dollar and Dime of the time, both which were also designed by Charles E. Barber. In 1892, the coinhastwo differentvarieties, one with a larger eagle and one with a smaller eagle on the reverse. The coins were minted in Philadelphia, Denver, New Orleans, and San Francisco. All proof coins were struck at the Philadelphia Mint. This series is generally low on errors, as the machinery forstrikingthe coins were greatly improved.

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