Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 491,146
Catalog: KM-64.1
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.6800g
ASW: 0.1933oz
Melt Value: $3.45 (9/19/2014)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1839 25C MS obverse 1839 25C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Seated Liberty quarter made its debut in 1838. Some numismatists, including Walter Breen, consider the first three issues, that is those with 'No Drapery,' to be separate design types. Breen writes in his Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins (1988):

'During summer 1838, the new Engraver, Christian Gobrecht, completed device punches for the new quarter dollars. These copied neither the dollars of 1836 nor the half dollars of 1837-38, but combined the dollars' Liberty Seated motif by Thomas Sully with a version of the old Reich-Kneass eagle, the denomination was for the first time expressed as QUAR DOL. 'Regular production coinage began Sept. 29, 1838. Only 466,000 were struck, a figure oddly close to the annual totals for 1839 and 1840-O of this design (491,146 and 382,200, respectively). That made this type, in the original Sully-Gobrecht conception, one of the shortest-lived of all. 'Understandably, these 'No Drapery' coins have lately become recognized as scarce in all grades and very rare in mint state.'

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Price Guide

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1839 25C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 34.00 42.00 63.00 170 475 475 770 840 1010 1150 1625 2200 3250 5300 11000 39000 79000 125000 - - -
$ 575 820 900 1100 1250 1750 2450 3600 5900 12250 45000 100000 140000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 136
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


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1/10/2001 NGC XF 40   Teletrade Auction 1394, 1394/Lot# 1172 $218.00
8/13/2006 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2006 August Denver, CO Signature & Platinum Night Auction #414, 414/Lot# 1098 $6,612.50
2/11/2007 NGC MS 66   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1351 $55,200.00
9/21/2009 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 412, 418/Lot# 7478 $380.65
10/17/2012 PCGS XF 40   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1466 $345.00
8/30/2013 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3098 $2,702.50
6/29/2014 NGC AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 167838 $700.00
8/17/2014 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131434/Lot# 27685 $101.05


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1839 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1061231512203951039120113451612176719762102238827213751514583721061911354122411311213914
111132174278609109312491434166318362018219724993064421562209121108641164912531133790
0000001249143416631836201821972499306442156220912110864116491253100
0000001297152317151906206022922610340746807296987011109119451282100
1839 25C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base163851312207749031021122513451509160917992585314044037704139442254136687600771
21701001604048179421089126513991542167220612770356155039784168092725644483600770
000000942108912651399154216722061277035615503978416809272564448300
0000009811157130514541575173523232955398266031186419675319715228000
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1509
Owner: BillJones
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 1345
Owner: Zakmar
 
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