1914 S - BARBER 25C
In 1914, former president Theodore Roosevelt and a group of twenty-two adventurers set off on an exploration of the Amazon River in Brazil, called the Roosevelt-Rondon Scientific Expedition. The expedition, while laying claim to the first exploration of the Amazon offshoot called the River of Doubt, was rife with problems. Of the nineteen men to leave on the journey, only sixteen made it back, including a severely weakened Roosevelt who it is claimed never recovered from the ordeal and passed away five years later. Was this 1914 quarter present for the perilous journey?
Charles E. Barber's Quarter was produced from 1892 through 1916. The genesis for the changeover from the Seated design to the Barber motif was the Mint Act of September 26, 1890. This act stipulated that coin designs could be changed only after they had been in use for 25 years, and that the Dime, Quarter and Half Dollar would be eligible for this treatment in 1891. There are no major varieties in the Barber Quarter series, but it does have its fair share of scarce and rare dates. The key issues are the 1901-S, 1896-S and 1913-S (in order of condition rarity), and most of the New Orleans and early-date San Francisco deliveries can be very challenging to locate in the Mint State grades.