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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Rare Find: 1892 Barber (or Liberty) Quarter Dollar

Everyone likes to find money, but this find is more than your average find on the sidewalk or street.

Today, I found a rare 1892 Barber (named for designer Charles Barber) or Liberty Quarter Dollar (pictured in the above cell phone photos). It is worn with not much detail on face of Liberty. The reverse (or tails) side shows a little more detail. It is the first year of issue for the coin.

About the coin (from Blanchard):
The Barber Quarter, as adopted in 1892, shows a bust of Liberty similar in style to that of the Morgan Dollar but facing right. She is wearing a Liberty cap with a laurel wreath, and a ribbon ties her hair in the back of her neck. IN GOD WE TRUST appears above her head, and the date is found below. Six stars on the left and seven stars on the right represent the original thirteen colonies. The designers initial (B) is at the base of Liberty's neck. The reverse imitates the Great Seal of the United States and depicts an eagle with outstretched wings, holding an olive branch with thirteen leaves in its right claw and a bundle of thirteen arrows in its left. There is a ribbon with the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM being held in the eagle's beak and thirteen stars are in the field.
An 1892 Barber quarter in the same condition is currently listed on eBay as "Good" condition and selling for $8.75.

Speaking of Morgan dollars, I bought several recently. This will fit in nicely with those.

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