Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Catalog: KM-64.2
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.6800g
ASW: 0.1933oz
Melt Value: $4.02 (7/28/2014)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1849 O 25C MS obverse 1849 O 25C MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

This is perhaps the rarest pre-1853 Seated quarter. Although its mintage continues to be a mystery, prominent numismatists speculate that the New Orleans Mint's delivery of 396,000 quarters in 1850 included about 16,000 pieces dated 1849. Whatever the actual mintage figure may be, there is little doubt that heavy circulation and widespread melting during the peak of the California Gold Rush both took their toll on this limited issue.

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Last Updated: 11/25/2013

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1849 O 25C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1300 1575 2200 2750 6800 6800 8250 8800 10500 15000 19000 22000 26000 - 55000 - - - - - -
$ 7500 8750 9500 11500 16500 21000 24000 28500 - 60000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 39
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 64


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10/14/1998 NGC VF 30   Teletrade Auction 1095, 1095/Lot# 1382 $1,674.00
8/11/2010 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions 2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143, 1143/Lot# 4666 $2,530.00
4/27/2011 NGC F 12   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(1), 1154/Lot# 3412 $2,185.00
8/11/2011 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(2), 1158/Lot# 3735 $1,725.00
8/15/2011 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 10035 $7,820.00
2/2/2012 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1167/Lot# 3461 $9,775.00
4/24/2013 NGC G 4   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1184/Lot# 1950 $1,175.00
11/10/2013 PCGS PR 1   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 133062 $627.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1849 O 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1117123315152233266535563828407343924586485550225231582568428022108431507021317306653406837742
115513271754237729623646390941794456467549105091542961647235896212252171522443331799352920
00000039094179445646754910509154296164723589621225217152244333179900
00000039914285452147654966516156276503762899021366119234275493293300
1849 O 25C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1183130516002345279437153995424945774777505452265441605370988310112031553021910314413490638646
122314031848249431013808407943584643486951115297564564017502927412645176562508732596361520
00000040794358464348695111529756456401750292741264517656250873259600
000000416444674710496151685369584967497906102381408719783282643375100
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