Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 600
Catalog: KM-A98
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.73 (7/29/2014)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1891 25C PF obverse 1891 25C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The resumption of quarter dollar coinage in 1891 was an important occasion in the history of the New Orleans Mint. After its seizure by rebel authorities at the outbreak of the Civil War, the facility produced a limited number of coins for the Confederate States of America before Union forces liberated the Crescent City in early 1862. Over the next sixteen years, the federal government used the mint building for various purposes, none of which included coinage. The passage of the Bland-Allison Act in 1878 and the anticipated large scale production of the Morgan dollar led to the reopening of the facility as a branch mint the following year. While silver dollars and various gold denominations flowed from the presses of the southern branch mint over the course of the following decade, minor coinage had to wait until 1891. In that year, as stated earlier, the Liberty Seated quarter re-entered the life of the New Orleans Mint for the first time since 1860 and, by the end of the year, 68,000 business strikes had been produced. To mark the occasion, the New Orleans Mint also struck at least two proof specimens. These pieces, along with their 1855-S counterparts, are the only branch mint proofs in the entire Seated quarter series.

In his Encyclopedia of United States and Colonial Proof Coins: 1722-1977, Walter Breen confirms that there are only two extant examples of the 1891-O branch mint proof quarter. His plate coin for the issue is the specimen that appeared as lot 173 in Lester Merkin's Public Auction Sale of October 4, 1969. Another and, presumably, different example was featured as lot 2024 in the 1980 American Numismatic Association Auction (Steve Ivy Numismatic Auctions, Inc., 8/80), where it realized $51,000.

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


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1891 25C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 390 475 630 950 1280 2375 3250 6100 17000 - -
$ - - - - - 430 525 690 1050 1380 2650 3450 7100 -
1891 25C PF Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 715 1050 1475 2600 3600 7500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 775 1125 1750 2900 4100 8600 -
1891 25C PF Ultra Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1300 2000 3600 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 1500 2350 4500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 225
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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4/7/1999 NGC PF 64   Teletrade Auction 1151, 1151/Lot# 1413 $681.25
1/25/2004 PCGS PF 63   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 2100 $661.25
7/16/2007 NGC PF 65   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 159, 164/Lot# 858 $1,955.00
7/7/2011 NGC PF 67   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1157/Lot# 3538 $4,887.50
2/28/2012 PCGS   Cameo Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 3086 $2,875.00
8/8/2013 NGC PF 67   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(2), 1188/Lot# 3706 $3,965.63
11/1/2013 NGC PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1191/Lot# 3590 $3,290.00
2/23/2014 PCGS PF 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/23/2014, 182/Lot# 162211 $1,449.44


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1891 25C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111111278423602705745958110313982205291038175158744410727
111111193326482636718816100612011667244032124264592085380
000000193326482636718816100612011667244032124264592000
0000001185374542670731887105412991936267535144711668200
1891 25C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111113014566447527941018117014782316304739845367771811085
1111111101352518680766868106812721757255933594445615088400
0000001101352518680766868106812721757255933594445615000
0000001201404581716780943111913752036280336714906693400
1891 25C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111113365027058208651103126415902472323842175656809611578
1111111112391569743835944115613721884272735644696646992560
0000001112391569743835944115613721884272735644696646900
00000012244466377818501023121014812178298238905176728200
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Grade: PF 68
Points: 5158
Owner: robertinct
 
Grade: PF 67 CA
Points: 3984
Owner: Malibu Collector
 
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