– Barber Quarter (1892 - 1916)

The Barber Quarter, minted from 1892 to 1916, is a classic and iconic coin in American numismatic history.  

Designed by Charles E. Barber, the Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, the Barber Quarter features a dignified and enduring design that reflects the spirit and values of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 

The obverse of the Barber Quarter features a left-facing bust of Liberty wearing a Phrygian cap, symbolizing freedom and liberty. The word "LIBERTY" is inscribed on a band across the cap, and the date of mintage is located below the bust. 

On the reverse of the coin is an image of an eagle with outstretched wings, clutching arrows and an olive branch in its talons. 

Above the eagle is the inscription "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," and below is the denomination "QUARTER DOLLAR." The eagle is surrounded by a wreath of laurel leaves, symbolizing victory and honor. 

The Barber Quarter was minted using a composition of 90% silver and 10% copper, giving it a distinctive appearance and value. It was used in everyday transactions across the nation and played a vital role in the economy of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 

During its production, the Barber Quarter underwent several modifications, including changes in the size and style of lettering, as well as adjustments to the design elements to improve striking quality.  

These variations add depth and character to the series, making each issue unique and contributing to the diversity of collecting. 

The term "Restrike" indicates that the coin was struck at a later date using original dies, but it was not part of the original mintage. Restrikes were often produced to meet collector demand for rare or popular coins, and they can vary in quality and authenticity depending on the circumstances of their production. 

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