Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 800
Catalog: KM-A64.2
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2200g
ASW: 0.1800oz
Melt Value: $3.55 (4/18/2014)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1859 25C PF obverse 1859 25C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Mint began to use a small date for the Seated Quarter in 1859, the first time this was done since 1842. In the former year, Mint officials also made a concerted effort to win collectors over to the idea of making yearly purchases of proof coinage with, among others, a delivery of 800 Quarters. Their efforts in this area seem to have met with little success. As with the other similarly dated silver denominations, the proof 1859 Seated Quarter was likely melted in significant numbers as unsold at year's end. According to our records, no major auction house has offered a Superb Gem representative of this issue since at least the early 1990s. This should come as no surprise when one considers that only five examples have been graded PR67 at NGC and PCGS with none finer (1/03). There are two markedly different 'looks' on both sides of the coin in this lot. The obverse displays scintillating, reddish-champagne iridescence over lively, mirrored features. We have little doubt that the reverse possesses a similar finish, but the toning is more extensive with copper-gray color and pastel tinged undertones. What both sides have in common are pinpoint striking definition and smooth, virtually pristine surfaces. A Condition Census representative of this rare, early proof in the long-lived Seated Liberty Quarter series. Combined NGC and PCGS Population: 5 in 67, none are finer (1/03). From the Philip Kaufman Collection.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/25/2013

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1859 25C PF
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1859 25C PF Cameo
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 151
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


Upcoming Auctions

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Date
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
4/27/2014 PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1204/Lot# 4253
4/27/2014 PF 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1204/Lot# 4252
4/27/2014 PF 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1204/Lot# 9274


Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
4/20/1998 PCGS PF 62   Teletrade Auction 1042, 1042/Lot# 1448 $490.50
5/30/2005 NGC PF 66   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 181 $5,405.00
1/6/2010 NGC PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2010 January Orlando, FL FUN US Coin Auction #1136, 1136/Lot# 892 $8,625.00
7/7/2011 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1157/Lot# 3514 $2,300.00
2/28/2012 NGC PF 67   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 4011 $8,625.00
4/24/2013 PCGS PF 61   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1184/Lot# 8048 $612.18
10/27/2013 PCGS PF 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 775, 784/Lot# 1231 $1,917.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 25C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111115027259901138120614501609227433494431574779781125216142
11111111685768131039116012871503183026323709486964909069128820
0000001168576813103911601287150318302632370948696490906900
00000013356509011088118313681556205229904070530872341016000
1859 25C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111111153977410511206127815311697238835004617597382651162216625
11111111806178661102123013621586192727583872506967379384132890
0000001180617866110212301362158619272758387250696737938400
00000013596959581154125414461641215731294244552175011050300
1859 25C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111111159184211381303137916471821254837124876628686621213217288
11111111976749401193132814681705206329364100534670789818138500
0000001197674940119313281468170520632936410053467078981800
000000139475810391248135315571763230533244488581678701097500
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Grade: PF 67 CA
Points: 5973
Owner: SLUGGO
 
Grade: PF 66
Points: 4431
Owner: Malibu Collector
 
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