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MS VS. PR Barber Quarter

Peace_dollar88Peace_dollar88 Posts: 1,217 ✭✭✭✭✭

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.


  • Eldorado9Eldorado9 Posts: 1,920 ✭✭✭✭✭

    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.

  • Dave99BDave99B Posts: 8,240 ✭✭✭✭✭

    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!


    Always looking for original, better date VF20-VF35 Barber quarters and halves, and a quality beer.
  • FlyingAlFlyingAl Posts: 2,496 ✭✭✭✭✭

    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.

  • The_Dinosaur_ManThe_Dinosaur_Man Posts: 748 ✭✭✭✭✭

    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.

    Custom album maker and numismatic photographer, see my portfolio here: (http://www.donahuenumismatics.com/).

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    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

  • sellitstoresellitstore Posts: 2,242 ✭✭✭✭✭

    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.

    Collector and dealer in obsolete currency. Always buying all obsolete bank notes and scrip.

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