1893 Isabella Quarter America's First Quarter Displaying a Woman
The Isabella Quarter was made for the 1893 World's Columbian Expo in Chicago. The quarter features the FIRST EVER real woman portrayed on a US Coin. The artist also did a phenomenon job on the portrayal of Queen Isabella. However, the coin did not sell very well at the Expo. There was a competing half dollar that was a much better deal in eyes of the public. The cost for this quarter was $1; and so was the Half dollar of a totally difference theme. Unfortunately, due to the error in pricing strategy, very few sold and thousands were sent back to the mint to be melted. Many of the woman managers purchase these quarters when they came back to the mint and some made it into general circulation. Collectors love this quarter and it has historically done well as a long term investment.