Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 83,000
Catalog: KM-98
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2200g
ASW: 0.1800oz
Melt Value: $3.00 (2/28/2015)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1872 S 25C MS obverse 1872 S 25C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The 1872-S ranks among the most challenging Motto Seated quarters. Larry Briggs, in The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of United States Liberty Seated Quarters, offers brief comments on the issue: 'Rarest 'S' mint. Rare and very hard to locate in any condition. Most probably melted in 1873 creating a far greater demand than supply.' The original production of 83,000 pieces is consistent with the yearly nominal mintages for quarters at San Francisco between 1866 and 1872, the first years for the Motto Above Eagle, No Arrows design variant. Passage of the Act of February 12, 1873, resulted in numerous changes to American coinage, one of which was a slight increase in the weights of the dime, quarter, and half dollar. San Francisco did not issue any old-tenor quarters in that year, in addition, any quarters of previous years still on hand were likely melted and recoined to the new standard. Such melting could explain why the 1872-S is less available today than other issues with lower published mintages.

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Last Updated: 11/25/2013

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1872 S 25C MS
Base $ 1550 2500 3200 4600 7600 7600 10750 12000 14000 15500 16500 17500 18500 22500 - - 100000 - - - -
$ 8250 11750 13250 15500 17000 18000 19000 20000 25000 - - 110000 - -

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Total Graded: 19
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66

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1/7/2000 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2000 F.U.N. Signature Sale #218, 218/Lot# 6651 $3,565.00
9/17/2008 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2008 September Long Beach, CA US Coin Signature Auction #1116, 1116/Lot# 1538 $86,250.00
3/17/2011 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2011 March Sacramento Signature ANA US Coin Auction Session(1), 1153/Lot# 3512 $9,200.00
8/11/2011 PCGS G 4   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(2), 1158/Lot# 3759 $1,495.00
8/15/2011 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 7318 $20,700.00
2/3/2014 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1202/Lot# 5109 $8,518.75
9/7/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 218781 $2,650.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 S 25C MS
1872 S 25C MS Prooflike
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