Barber Quarter History & Information

Barber Quarter 1892–1916 The Barber quarter was designed by Charles E. Barber and first minted in 1892. Barber was Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint at that time. The Barber quarter was minted of 90% silver and 10% copper and used the same design as the half dollar and dime (Barber Dime). The Barber dime displays Lady Liberty on the obverse with a Phrygian cap encircled with a laurel wreath and a ribbon. The inscription on the headband reads “LIBERTY”. The reverse was a very simple design consisting of a wreath around the words “One Dime”. Mint marks, if present, appear at the bottom below the ribbon that ties the wreath. 1901 Barber Quarter Barber quarters were widely circulated yet one is more likely to find a higher grade example than they are a rare date. Some Barber quarter date...

Beware of Premiums on Silver

Silver is a good investment right now, but if you aren’t careful the premium you pay will significantly reduce the return you will see and in some cases the spot price of silver would have to double before you can even break even. The premium is the amount of money you pay that is over and above the spot value of the silver. If you pay $48.00 for a 1 ounce silver round and the spot price is $38.00 you have paid a premium of $10.00 on that ounce. Don’t make the mistake of paying too high a premium when you buy your silver. Last year, when silver was around $18.00 per ounce, you could obtain a roll of average circulated “junk silver” 90% silver dimes ($5.00 face value) for about $70.00. At that price buyers were paying less than $1.75 premium per ounce! That was an exceptional...

Winged Liberty or Mercury Dime

1916 – 1945 The Winged Liberty dime was designed by Adolph A. Weinman and first minted in 1916. This U.S. coin was minted of 90% silver and 10% copper. The Winged Liberty Dime is commonly known as the Mercury Dime. It is assumed that the obverse of the coin depicts the Roman god Mercury but it is actually Lady Liberty with wings on. Behind Lady Liberty’s neck is a “W” for the designer Adolph A. Weinman. Common date “Mercury” dimes in average circulated grades can often be obtained very near to the spot value of their silver content. In fact the Winged Liberty and the Roosevelt dimes are among the best forms of silver that you can get. They are recognized and trusted for their silver content all around the world. Winged Liberty "Mercury" Dime Obverse As...

US Silver Coins of The 1800s

Of all the coins that were minted in the United States during the 1800s, the Morgan Silver Dollar is by far the most sought after. Anyone who has received one of these as a hand me down from an older relative stands to cash in on a significant pay day. Some people go so far as to refer to the Morgan Silver Dollar as the king of all United States issued silver coins. After this many years, the pure beauty of this silver coin remains breathtaking. If one were to attempt to buy a certain date/mint Morgan Silver Dollar that is found to be in mint condition, they could expect to pay no less than $2,000. Morgan Silver Dollar   Another silver coin that was minted during the 1800’s is the Liberty Seated Dime. Although this coin isn’t nearly as common as Morgan Silver Dollars, it is...