Like many issues in this series, the 1893 quarter is more difficult in gem than is generally realized, particularly if one is looking for a PQ gem with nice surfaces and attractive original toning. According to our notes, Sunnywood has examined at least eight different MS65 and MS66 examples since 2001, with the present gem being the finest we have seen (and in our opinion, MS66 quality). All 1893 quarters from all Mint locations have the Type II reverse. The Type I design never appears again after 1892.
The 1893 Barber Quarter has one of the higher mintages in the Barber Quarter series and many examples were saved. Therefore, it is one of the more common dates in the series. Examples up to about VF to XF condition are really common and very affordable that most collectors can afford them. In AU condition they begin to bring a significantly higher premium. In uncirculated MS60 to MS64 condition they are scarce. In MS65 they are very scarce. And in MS66 condition there are very few examples available. MS67 or higher condition they are extremely rare.