Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Catalog: KM-A64.2
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2200g
ASW: 0.1800oz
Melt Value: $3.10 (10/24/2014)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1856 25C PF obverse 1856 25C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint began its program of commercial proof production in 1858, when Mint Director James Ross Snowden published ordering instructions and a list of prices for obtaining proof examples of various denominations from that facility. Before that date, no official records were kept of proof production, and the number of coins minted was quite limited. Regarding the 1856 proof mintage, Walter Breen comments, 'In some ways this is one of the most difficult and complicated dates of the series.' Breen estimates the proof quarter mintage as less than 30 pieces, while Larry Briggs estimates the total as 25+ examples. Proof quarters of 1856 are quite rare in all grades today, with Gem specimens almost unobtainable.

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Last Updated: 9/15/2014

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1856 25C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 1800 2600 3200 4850 7750 20500 29000 - - - -
$ - - - - - 2000 2850 3500 5300 8750 22500 - - -
1856 25C PF Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 10000 - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 11000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 28
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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8/11/2011 NGC PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(5), 1158/Lot# 7110 $16,100.00
5/30/2012 NGC PF 61   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2585 $2,702.50
7/12/2012 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1172/Lot# 3581 $12,650.00
10/18/2012 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(2), 1175/Lot# 4155 $6,168.75
4/24/2013 NGC PF 67   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1184/Lot# 4227 $24,675.00
3/23/2014 PCGS PF 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 796, 805/Lot# 828 $17,750.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 25C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333372551768891933110314722268334044036007212063927171898
3333333126431623809905989122617372625369449371107327227501460
000000312643162380990598912261737262536944937110732722700
0000003249491695850919104613492002298240485472161393324900
1856 25C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333343162986710021048123316332489363447636459230684269178117
333333314549770891210171109136619182870401053281199529609544990
00000031454977089121017110913661918287040105328119952960900
00000032885637879571032117114992203325243865893175313615000
1856 25C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333510735100211521204140818472781402052337045255094717386264
3333333172585824105211691272155421583194442458371319932730602030
000000317258582410521169127215542158319444245837131993273000
000000334166091311021186134017002469360748286441193543995100
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