Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 286,000
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: $2.90 (12/21/2014)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1856 S 25C MS obverse 1856 S 25C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

In 1855, the San Francisco Mint finally obtained enough parting acids to extract silver from raw gold. This enabled to branch mint to commence production of silver coins, and limited numbers of quarters and half dollars were delivered with arrows at their dates. The following year, the Philadelphia Mint shipped 12 pairs of dies west for production of the 1856-S quarter. These dies omitted the arrows at the date and reverted to the pre-1853 Seated quarter design. Only 286,000 1856-S quarters were produced, and the scarcity of circulating specie in early California meant that most of these coins entered circulation and remained there. Most survivors are well worn and/or impaired, and Briggs (1991) notes that this issue is 'very rare' in Mint State.

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Last Updated: 7/25/2014

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1856 S 25C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 175 275 465 775 2300 2300 3300 3550 4350 6100 7250 9000 14500 20000 25000 - - - - - -
$ 2550 3675 3900 4750 6600 7750 10000 16000 21500 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 28
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 63


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7/25/2010 PCGS AG 3   Teletrade Auction 2894, 2894/Lot# 1626 $414.00
9/6/2012 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1174/Lot# 3845 $17,625.00
8/8/2013 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(2), 1188/Lot# 3670 $2,702.50
9/25/2013 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1189/Lot# 6355 $9,400.00
10/8/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1210/Lot# 7729 $705.00
10/10/2014 PCGS VG 8   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14870 $246.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 S 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17920929845668419112212247034823976457949215145593365647214122531962931691515215649261810
18923835053210932011229828073646417746934995540761436780889314711236493830153178582640
00000022982807364641774693499554076143678088931471123649383015317800
000000238431443811437848075070567063536997105731717027670449115483500
1856 S 25C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base19822732348973120122323259136384148477051225354616468137481126472018832486526595771163112
20725937856911582115241229403808435548875199562463807035920315160242873921054343595110
00000024122940380843554887519956246380703592031516024287392105434300
000000250132893978456250045276589465967258109251767428386459345602700
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