Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 8,000
Catalog: KM-A98
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.54 (4/16/2014)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1884 25C MS obverse 1884 25C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Very few quarters and half dollars were minted at Philadelphia from 1879 until the late 1880s as a direct result of the Bland-Allison act of 1878. This mandated enormous mintages of silver dollars, thus monopolizing much of the coining equipment which would have normally been used to create other needed denominations. Silver was being purchased from western mines at artificially high (government subsidized) prices. Striking the largest silver coin of the realm made sense to Mint officials, whether they were needed or not. Merchants had to make do without badly needed small change while bank vaults were clogged with bags of silver dollars that basically did not circulate. Only 8,000 Seated quarters were struck in 1884 and very few gem specimens are known today.

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1884 25C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 250 350 515 600 730 730 775 815 845 875 900 965 1035 1125 1300 2650 4100 8500 - - -
$ 790 845 885 915 955 985 1045 1100 1225 1475 2900 4750 9000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 94
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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4/27/2014 MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1204/Lot# 9272


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6/3/1994 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 1994 June Long Beach Bullet Sale #120, 120/Lot# 386 $2,090.00
1/31/1996 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 0811, 811/Lot# 397 $348.80
6/2/2005 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2005 June Long Beach Signature Auction #376, 376/Lot# 5969 $1,610.00
3/1/2006 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2006 March Palm Beach, FL Signature Auction #412, 412/Lot# 588 $1,092.50
9/7/2011 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1159/Lot# 3410 $1,725.00
10/13/2011 PCGS F 15   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(4), 1160/Lot# 8201 $575.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1884 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6076807981066111012061239127113161345138814161450148316971928256134984758522858017708
6317198871080114212171249128613251359139714271461155417742139287339184914541964360
0000001249128613251359139714271461155417742139287339184914541900
0000001260130113351373140614381472162518512350318543385071561000
1884 25C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6487278511131117712781311134513911423146614961531156617892029268636554955543860287988
6747689441146121012891322136014011437147615071542164018692248300940885116563466810
0000001322136014011437147615071542164018692248300940885116563400
0000001333137514121451148615191554171419492467333245215277583100
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