Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 800
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: $2.68 (8/2/2015)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1859 25C PF obverse 1859 25C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Mint began to use a small date for the Seated Quarter in 1859, the first time this was done since 1842. In the former year, Mint officials also made a concerted effort to win collectors over to the idea of making yearly purchases of proof coinage with, among others, a delivery of 800 Quarters. Their efforts in this area seem to have met with little success. As with the other similarly dated silver denominations, the proof 1859 Seated Quarter was likely melted in significant numbers as unsold at year's end. According to our records, no major auction house has offered a Superb Gem representative of this issue since at least the early 1990s. This should come as no surprise when one considers that only five examples have been graded PR67 at NGC and PCGS with none finer (1/03). There are two markedly different 'looks' on both sides of the coin in this lot. The obverse displays scintillating, reddish-champagne iridescence over lively, mirrored features. We have little doubt that the reverse possesses a similar finish, but the toning is more extensive with copper-gray color and pastel tinged undertones. What both sides have in common are pinpoint striking definition and smooth, virtually pristine surfaces. A Condition Census representative of this rare, early proof in the long-lived Seated Liberty Quarter series. Combined NGC and PCGS Population: 5 in 67, none are finer (1/03). From the Philip Kaufman Collection.

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/10/2015

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1859 25C PF
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 765 1000 1550 2600 5100 9500 26500 - - -
$ - - - - - 850 1100 1700 2850 5900 11750 29500 -
1859 25C PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 1300 - 3050 6350 13500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 3750 - 24500 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 153
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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Date
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Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
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9/2/1998 NGC PF 62   Teletrade Auction 1082, 1082/Lot# 1417 $414.20
5/30/2005 NGC PF 66   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 181 $5,405.00
10/13/2011 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(1), 1160/Lot# 3603 $3,737.50
2/28/2012 NGC PF 67   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 4011 $8,625.00
10/27/2013 PCGS PF 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 775, 784/Lot# 1231 $1,917.00
11/15/2013 NGC PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1190/Lot# 33374 $19,975.00
9/7/2014 PCGS PF 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 217995 $1,935.00
5/12/2015 PCGS PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2015 May 12 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection III US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1228/Lot# 98379 $17,625.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 25C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3663813954124294484634845027259901138120614501609227433494431574779781125216142
3713864014184354534704905768131039116112871503183126323710487064919069128820
000000470490576813103911611287150318312632371048706491906900
0000004774966519021089118313691556205229914070530872341016100
1859 25C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base39240942644546147950051953977410511206127815311697238835004617597382651162216625
3984154324504674865065266178661103123013621586192727593872506967379384132900
000000506526617866110312301362158619272759387250696737938400
0000005135326969591154125414471642215831294245552175011050300
1859 25C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base43445346948950752754957059184211381303137916471821254837124876628686621213217288
4404584764955145345565776759411193132814681705206329364100534670789819138510
000000556577675941119313281468170520632936410053467078981900
00000056358475810391248135415581763230633244488581678701097500
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Grade: PF 67 CA
Points: 5973
Owner: SLUGGO
 
Grade: PF 66
Points: 4431
Owner: Malibu Collector
 
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