Looked up some interesting information while comparing my MS/PR 64 Barber Quarters. Interesting that the MS coin with a huge mintage has lower population in UNC.
That is interesting and they are both very attractive coins. My guess would be that historically the more common date MS Barber quarters weren't worth enough to get certified unless they were at least MS64 whereas similar PR Barber quarters could grade lower while still returning a positive investment on the fees. Therefore, more PR coins were likely submitted over time than MS coins. Regardless, at a certain point they are both worth submission.
Again, I like the coins.
Those are really pretty! The mint state coins were just not saved, and generally overlooked by numismatists. The proofs had a chance to be saved by collectors.
Interesting stats. The proofs were definitely put away and cared for at a higher rate, vs the business strikes.
I must also say that both of your examples are beautiful!
Proofs generally survive at higher grades because they go from the mint to collectors, who care for them.
MS coins go to the general public, and are at the mercy of the elements until someone removes them from circulation. Those coins are meant to be used, rubbed together, clanged in drawers etc., so it's easy for a large percentage to be worn down.
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I met someone the other day who was collecting Barber coinage for this specific reason. He had already obtained a complete run of the proofs and was working on the unc set.
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They are both very nice coins.... Always makes me wonder about the back story on a proof coin of a quality grade. Was it stored away in great grandpa's trunk? Grandma's jewelry box? Got to be some history over the last 117 years. Cheers, RickO
These are collected by date as well as type coins by different collectors. While this fact doesn't affect survival rates now, it does affect price. Rarity does not always correspond exactly with price.