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: $2.84 (7/28/2015)
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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Last Updated: 9/15/2014

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

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Total Graded: 139
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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8/13/1997 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 0971, 971/Lot# 1391 $250.70
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
8/15/2011 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 10022 $8,337.50
1/6/2013 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131303/Lot# 28178 $84.00
9/25/2013 NGC VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1189/Lot# 7844 $307.85
9/25/2013 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1189/Lot# 3649 $1,527.50
12/15/2013 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/15/2013, 105/Lot# 133640 $522.50
2/5/2015 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 1509 $1,997.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1839 25C MS
1839 25C MS Prooflike
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1509
Owner: BillJones
Grade: AU 55
Points: 1345
Owner: Zakmar
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