Isabella Quarter Dollar

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Isabella Quarter Dollar

#1 Unread post by regandon » Thu Mar 19, 2009 7:40 pm

This coin while not a half dollar must be included. It is one of the important coins within the series.
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The Colombian Exposition quarter commemorative coin, commonly referred to as the Isabella quarter, was minted as a result of a petition made by Board of Lady Managers of the Colombian Exposition for a souvenir quarter. It honors Queen Isabella of Spain who sponsored Columbus' travels that ended in the colonization of America. The Board of Lady Managers was formed at the urging of Susan B. Anthony to coordinate and oversee the women's activities and exhibits at Chicago's 1893 World's Colombian Exposition.
The coin was designed by Charles E. Barber. The obverse depicts the crowned bust of Isabella of Spain. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is lettered around the perimeter with the 1893 date to the right of the portrait and conforming to the curve of AMERICA. Symbolizing women's industry, the reverse shows a kneeling woman with a distaff in her left hand and a spindle in her right hand. BOARD OF LADY MANAGERS is lettered around the upper perimeter with COLOMBIAN QUARTER DOL. around the lower perimeter. Only a small quantity of these coins were sold at the Exposition at $1 per coin. This was the first commemorative quarter issued by the United States and is the only coin to depict a woman on both sides.

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The Isabella quarter was minted exclusively at the Philadelphia Mint.
Minting started on June 13, 1893, six weeks after the opening of the Exposition. There were 40,000 quarters minted but they did not sell well at the Exposition. Ultimately the unsold quarters were returned to the Mint for melting, leaving 24,191 coins.
There is disagreement among experts on the amount of proof strikes. Estimates range from 40 to 100. The 400th, 1,492nd and 1,892nd coins were double struck proofs documented by the Mint which were presented to the Board of Lady Managers. These were in recognition of the 400th anniversary of the discovering of America, the year America was discovered, and the year of the anniversary. Some early business strikes exhibit proof like qualities, however there must be evidence of multiple strikes to be authenticated as a legitimate proof strike.


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Re: Isabella Quarter Dollar

#2 Unread post by Isaiah » Fri Mar 20, 2009 9:44 pm

Excellent post. I've just recently bought one of these. It's about an EF 45, and was a nice find. It's my 2nd favorite commemorative (second only to the Lafayette dollar). GREAT!

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Re: Isabella Quarter Dollar

#3 Unread post by Isaiah » Fri Mar 20, 2009 10:59 pm

Actually, after giving it much thought, it's a tie for first place between this one, and the Lafayette dollar. I like the design on the Lafayette dollar much better, but this has such a great cause, and a fascinating history. Also, contrary to what most say, Barber was actually a great engraver, as proven by the commemorative coinage he designed. He just never got the chance to on regular issue coins.

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Re: Isabella Quarter Dollar

#4 Unread post by Daniel » Sat Mar 21, 2009 12:02 am

I have discovered the same fact when it comes to Barber. He was a great coin designer that is mostly remembered for his Barber business strike coins. Of course, this design was not popular and neither is his reputation, at least, for now.

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#5 Unread post by usalex » Wed May 12, 2010 4:53 am

Interesting didnt know about the Isabella Quarter Dollar.

Is anyone else having problems seeing the attached image? Id like to see what it looks like

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