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United States. Quarter Dollar 1893 - Philadelphia - Isabella

United States. Quarter Dollar 1893 - Philadelphia - Isabella

The 1893 Isabella quarter is one of the most important issues of the silver commemorative series. And it is also one of the most desirable.

DESIGNER: Charles E. Barber
EDGE: Reeded
DIAMETER: 24.30 millimeters
WEIGHT: 6.25 grams
MINTAGE: 24,214
MINT: Philadelphia
METAL: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
AUCTION RECORD: $64,625

The Isabella has many things that distinguish it from it's silver commemorative half dollar brothers;

1. The Isabella is the only U.S. silver commemorative quarter, though it might be noted that the 1932 Washington quarter was originally intended as a commemorative issue, but morphed into the regular issue quarter series that is still minted today.

2. The Isabella quarter is one of the earliest U.S. commemoratives. Actually, it is the second issue of the commemorative series after the 1892 (and 1893) Columbian half dollar. This is an important factor in explaining the rarity of the early silver commemorative issues in Choice and Gem condition. There were a ton of different silver commemorative issues in the 1930s. But prior to 1934, there were a few issues minted every few years. The issues of the 1930s were generally saved at the time of issue and seldom saw circulation (ever seen a circulated Norfolk???) These 1930s era silver commemoratives are readily available in Gem condition. The earlier issues were also saved at the time of issue, but not in the enormous percentage of the mintage as the 1930s issues. Many of the earlier issues are often found in circulated condition. And many of them are quite rare in Gem and Superb Gem condition. The 1893 Isabella quarter did see some circulation, though since the issue price was $1.00, many were saved. Nonetheless, the Isabella quarter is rare in Gem condition.

3. The Isabella quarter is one of the highest demand issues in the silver commemorative series. Because it is the only quarter, because it is one of the earliest issue, because it is rare in top condition...all of these factors make the Isabella quarter one of the most sought after of all United States commemorative coins.

Country/province United States
Denomination Quarter Dollar
Year/Period and Variation 1893 - Philadelphia - Isabella
Precious metal Silver
Condition Ungraded
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