Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 83,000
Catalog: KM-98
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2200g
ASW: 0.1800oz
Melt Value: $3.51 (8/31/2014)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1872 S 25C MS obverse 1872 S 25C MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

The 1872-S ranks among the most challenging Motto Seated quarters. Larry Briggs, in The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of United States Liberty Seated Quarters, offers brief comments on the issue: 'Rarest 'S' mint. Rare and very hard to locate in any condition. Most probably melted in 1873 creating a far greater demand than supply.' The original production of 83,000 pieces is consistent with the yearly nominal mintages for quarters at San Francisco between 1866 and 1872, the first years for the Motto Above Eagle, No Arrows design variant. Passage of the Act of February 12, 1873, resulted in numerous changes to American coinage, one of which was a slight increase in the weights of the dime, quarter, and half dollar. San Francisco did not issue any old-tenor quarters in that year, in addition, any quarters of previous years still on hand were likely melted and recoined to the new standard. Such melting could explain why the 1872-S is less available today than other issues with lower published mintages.

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1872 S 25C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1550 2500 3200 4600 7600 7600 10750 12000 14000 15500 16500 17500 18500 22500 - - 100000 - - - -
$ 8250 11750 13250 15500 17000 18000 19000 20000 25000 - - 110000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 19
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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5/4/2005 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2005 St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Auction #372, 372/Lot# 6867 $6,325.00
2/7/2013 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1182/Lot# 3783 $9,400.00
3/21/2013 PCGS G 6   Heritage Auctions 2013 March 21 -22 & 24 US Coin Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1183/Lot# 3407 $2,362.93
7/11/2013 NGC Details F Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1187/Lot# 4882 $3,055.00
2/3/2014 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1202/Lot# 5109 $8,518.75
8/6/2014 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 13083 $21,737.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 S 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base122113451753273233454370452246664942511353535503571361906651776990221164315026170491926621690
12621481207929363686442045704758499951935403557358726343702381869895127701570017788200740
0000004570475849995193540355735872634370238186989512770157001778800
00000046184850505652735453564360316497739686041076913898163741852700
1872 S 25C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base129314231847286334964554471148605144532055675722593864286902805193361202315484175521981722291
133615642185307438484606476049545202540256185794610165867285847910231131761617318307206410
00000047604954520254025618579461016586728584791023113176161731830700
00000048105049526154845670586662646744766889071112714330168621906200
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