Coin Specifications

Category: Early Quarters (1796-1838)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 89,235
Catalog: KM-44
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 6.7400g
ASW: 0.1933oz
Melt Value: $3.81 (4/24/2014)
Diameter: 27mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1815 B-1 25C MS obverse 1815 B-1 25C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Certain 1815 and 1825/3 Capped Bust quarters display E and L countermarks about the upper obverse rim. The meaning of these countermarks is not known for sure, but Karl Moulton, who has been studying these pieces for quite some time, asserts that the first example, an 1815, appeared in Captain John W. Haseltine's December 12, 1881 sale. Although these pieces were absent from earlier numismatic circles, they suddenly flooded auctions throughout 1882 and 1883. Moulton believes that the death of William DuBois in July 1881 may be connected to the sudden appearance of these pieces. DuBois had served as Assayer at the Philadelphia Mint and also as curator of the Mint Collection. It is possible that the countermarked 1815 and 1825/3 quarters were dispersed to prominent dealers following DuBois' death. The high grade of these pieces, coupled with the fact that other numismatic rarities such as the 1804 silver dollars surfaced at this time, seems to support Moulton's theory.

The circumstances surrounding the production of these pieces is still cause for debate. It is obvious that the E and L counterstamps were added to the coins sometime after striking. Whether or not the letters were impressed at the Mint is not known. All of the countermarked 1825 quarters are of the 1825/3 B-2 die variety. Some authors claim that these countermarked coins served as weight standards at the Philadelphia Mint. Breen, among others, asserts that the letters were added to denote English and Latin, respectively. He believes that the coins were then distributed to students at local schools as awards for contests. Mark Hotz claims that these letters were impressed to indicate adjustments to the screw presses. The countermarked coins were then released into circulation, thus enabling the Mint to trace wear patterns and see which press adjustment produced the best coins.

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


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1815 B-1 25C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 200 350 575 900 2200 2200 2650 2850 3050 3600 4150 4250 5100 7550 13750 35000 56000 132500 - - -
$ 2450 2850 3100 3350 4000 4500 4600 5500 8800 16000 40000 61000 282000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 144
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67


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1/25/2004 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 2061 $4,370.00
3/3/2008 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 225, 231/Lot# 3070 $7,877.50
5/27/2009 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2009 May Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1125, 1125/Lot# 602 $16,100.00
8/2/2012 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(4), 1173/Lot# 5108 $31,725.00
9/6/2012 PCGS F 12   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1174/Lot# 8003 $499.38
10/17/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1460 $470.00
2/24/2013 PCGS AG 3   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/24/2013, 63/Lot# 100640 $62.82
6/3/2013 PCGS VG 8   Teletrade Auction 3433, 3433/Lot# 1638 $320.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1815 B-1 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3155183304597113813771583180519382121223323352555296036835524654511047211633310052294
5316422340177712171445165718491999215822672408269032014296586480451441925142394980
000000144516571849199921582267240826903201429658648045144192514200
000000151417311893206021952301248128253442491062049546177912912100
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 2754
Owner: rfar
 
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