A key-date 1896-S Barber quarter dollar, an 1800 Draped Bust, Dotted Date dollar and an 1851 Augustus Humbert, Lettered Edge $50 octagonal gold slug are among 2,834 lots of U.S. coins, tokens, medals and paper money to be offered Jan. 25 to 27 in Los Angeles.
The sale, by Ira & Larry Goldberg Auctioneers, is being conducted at the auction firm’s galleries at 11400 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 800.
For complete information on the sale, visit the online auction catalog.
The 1896-S Barber quarter dollar is graded Mint State 65 by Professional Coin Grading Service.
While the 1896-S is perceived by some quarter dollar collectors to be the least challenging of the “Big Three” Barber quarter issues to acquire — 1896-S, 1901-S and 1913-S — that perception holds true only for circulated pieces, according to the auction catalogers.
The 1896-S quarter dollar, despite a mintage of 188,039 compared to 72,664 for the 1901-S coin and 40,000 for the 1913-S coin, is more elusive than the later 1913-S quarter dollar in Mint State grades.
The 1913-S coin, according to the auction catalogers, “was known to be a low-mintage issue from the start, and as a result, collectors from the burgeoning numismatic population of the early 20th century saved numerous examples.
“By contrast, the 1896-S slipped unnoticed into circulation, and it was not until much later that the issue was recognized as a condition rarity.”
Dotted Date dollar