1893 Isabella Quarter Dollar

1893 Isabella Quarter Dollar

SUMMARY OF CHARACTERISTICS

 

 

Commemorating: The Board of Lady Managers at the World's Columbian Exposition; the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Columbus in the New World; 1893 World's Columbian Exposition
Obverse motif: Portrait of Queen Isabella Reverse motif: Kneeling woman Authorization date: March 3, 1893
Date on coins: 1893
Date when coins were actually minted: 1893 Mint used: Philadelphia
Maximum quantity authorized: 40,000
Total quantity minted (including assay coins): 40,023 Assay coins (included in above): 23
Quantity melted: 15,809
Net number distributed (including assay coins): 24,214
Issued by: Board of Lady Managers, World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Illinois Standard original packaging: Supposedly a small quantity was distributed in Board of Lady Managers envelopes; at least one private presentation box issued by a bank exists Official sale price: $1
Designer of obverse and reverse: Charles E. Barber (following ideas of Kenyon Cox?) Interesting facts: First United States coin to depict a foreign monarch; first and only U.S. commemorative quarter dollar.

MARKET INDEX

(average market prices)

 

1895 MS-63 to 64 $1.25
1900 MS-63 to 64 $1
1905 MS-63 to 64 $1-$1.50
1910 MS-63 to 64 65¢-80¢
1915 MS-63 to 64 75¢-$1
1920 MS-63 to 64 75¢-$1
1925 MS-63 to 64 $1
1930 MS-63 to 64 $1.50
1935 MS-63 to 64 $2
1936 (summer) MS-63 to 64 $3
1940 MS-63 to 64 $3
1945 MS-63 $7
1950 MS-63 $8
1955 MS-63 $22
1960 MS-60 to 63 $45
1965 MS-60 to 63 $95
1970 MS-60 to 63 $85
1975 MS-60 to 63 $240
1980 MS-60 to 63 $1,600
1985 MS-60 to 63 $900
1986 MS-60 $625, MS-63 $1,200, MS-64 $2,250, MS-65 $4,500
1990 (spring) MS-60 $485, MS-63 $1200, MS-64 $2,500, MS-65 $6,600
1990 (December) MS-60 $425, MS-63 $1,100, MS-64 $1,800, MS-65 $4,000