|Barber Quarters (1892-1916)|
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Coins are usually referred to by their design, not their designer. Charles Barber was from a long line of engravers. After a disastrous competition to design new coinage that ended in chaos, he was appointed to design a new quarter and dime. 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 shows the Great Seal
of the United States and 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.
SPECIFICATIONS: Diameter: 24.3 millimeters Weight: 6.25 grams Composition: .900 silver, .100 copper Edge: Reeded Net Weight: .18084 oz pure silver (Information gathered from - Wikipedia.org, Coin Resource.org, "The Red Book - A Guide Book of United States Coins", and other sources)
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