QuartersQuarters were coined early in 1796 for the first time, using the same Draped Bust, Small Eagle motifs used by other silver denominations at the time. Only 6, 146 pieces were struck, and unlike other silver issues of the period, the denomination was then shelved until 1804. Major types struck since the beginning are: Draped Bust, Small Eagle reverse 1796; Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle 1804-1807; Capped Bust 1815-1828, struck on a 27 mm planchet; 1831-1838, struck on a 24.3 mm planchet; Liberty Seated 1838-1891; Barber 1892-1916; Standing Liberty 1916-1930; Washington 1932-present. The early series up to 1838 are readily collected by die variety, and attributed by reference numbers assigned by A.W. Browning from his book on quarters first introduced in 1925. Liberty Seated series dates are actively collected, though in depth research into die varieties is limited. Sub-types needed for a type set are: No Motto 1838-1866; Arrows and Rays 1853; Arrows at Date 1854-1855; Motto Above Eagle 1866-1891; Arrows at Date 1873-1874. The Barber series is named for the coin's designer Charles Barber, who was Chief Mint Engraver at the time. The Standing Liberty series is considered by many to be one of America's most beautiful designs, and has a large base of specialists. There are two major varieties, one with and one without an armor plate over Liberty's breast, and one minor sub-type with the date recessed below Liberty's pedestal. Nearly all Mint State issues are known with varying sharpness of Liberty's fine head detail. Many collectors of the Standing Liberty series seek only those examples certified with "Full Head" distinction, and those so designated often carry much higher price tags than those without. Famous rarities include the first year of issue 1916 and the 1918/7-S overdate. The Washington quarter series was introduced during the depths of the depression and has been among the most favored collectors series for many years. Like the dime, 1964 was the last year that silver examples were struck for circulation. Popularity in the series was propelled with the introduction of the Statehood quarter series in 1999, and demand for ultimate grade Mint State and Proof certified specimens is intense.
Quarter reference books abound. Among the most useful are: EARLY QUARTER DOLLAR OF THE UNITED STATES 1796-1838 by A.W. Browning (revised editions); THE COMPREHENSIVE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF UNITED STATE SEATED QUARTERS by Larry Briggs; THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO BARBER QUARTERS by David Lawrence; STANDING LIBERTY QUARTERS by J. H. Cline; THE BEST OF WASHINGTON QUARTER DOUBLED DIE VARIETIES by John Wexler and Kevin Flynn; A GUIDE BOOK OF UNITED STATES COINS by R.S. Yeoman; and the all encompassing COMPLETE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF U.S. AND COLONIAL COINS by Walter Breen.
Rare Dates: 1796, 1804, 1827 Original, 1827 Restrike, 1842 Small Date, 1866 No Motto, 1873-CC No Arrows, 1901-S, 1916 Standing Liberty, 1818/7-S Overdate.
Famous Issues: 1796, 1827 Original and Restrike, 1866 No Motto, 1873-CC No Arrows, 1901-S, 1916 Liberty Standing, 1918/7-S Overdate.
1901-S G 4 ANACS
from Thursday, December 25, 1969 4:59pm to Thursday, January 1, 1970 10:00pm ET