Images courtesy of John Caswell
Q: John Caswell sent an email asking about the potential rarity of two basic hub types that can be found on the reverse of the 1900 Barber quarter (for all Mints). On the so-called Ty-II Reverse the wing tip over the E of UNITED does not touch the right lower serif of the T and only extends to the top of the E. On the Ty-III (that Caswell sent the above images of) the wing tip touches the right lower serif of the T and extends beyond the top of the E.
A: There are a number of other differences in the design not important to this discussion plus the fact that there was a Ty-1 Reverse restricted to use in 1892, which is mentioned here for completeness. What Caswell is interested in learning is if there is a significant difference in the rarity, demand and value of the two reverse types for 1900. If you have any information please send it to me at: email@example.com. When the answer comes in I’ll post it here. More information on the differences between the reverse hub varieties of the Barber quarter can be found in Walter Breen’s Encyclopedia of US & Colonial Coins and in Kevin Flynn’s, The Authoritative Reference on Barber Half Dollars (that is correct-the info is in his half dollar book-not the quarter book). Thanks! -Ken Potter