Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 12,000
Catalog: KM-A98
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $2.97 (3/2/2015)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1889 25C MS obverse 1889 25C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Just 12,000 were struck for circulation, although most probably did not actually circulated. In his Complete Encyclopedia, Walter Breen stated that this issue was extensively hoarded, and he then referenced his own Proof Encyclopedia, suggesting that the extensive hoarding activities were among proofs and not business strikes. From 1879 through 1890, quarter dollars and half dollars were produced in extremely limited quantities due to the Bland-Allison Act. It was this Congressional Act that mandated extensive production of silver dollars (the now popular Morgan dollar) and had all of the mints essentially doing nothing else. Dimes were not so much affected simply because they were still needed as small change. Quarters and half dollars the least in demand at the time, so these were the denominations that suffered (to our benefit today).

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/25/2014

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1889 25C MS
Base $ 205 285 330 440 500 500 525 550 655 670 700 740 790 900 1090 2100 3400 6800 16500 - -
$ 550 565 600 695 730 760 800 860 990 1200 2300 3750 8750 -

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Total Graded: 172
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

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Auction Prices Realized

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5/11/2003 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1722, 1722/Lot# 1118 $2,145.00
9/15/2003 NGC MS 64   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 340 $920.00
2/19/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 337, 343/Lot# 5685 $948.75
8/11/2010 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions 2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143, 1143/Lot# 9167 $195.50
6/1/2011 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1156/Lot# 7991 $373.75
2/22/2013 NGC VF 20   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 7035 $352.50
9/25/2013 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1189/Lot# 7902 $705.00
5/4/2014 NGC MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/04/2014, 169/Lot# 189524 $986.70

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 25C MS
1889 25C MS Prooflike
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Grade: MS 68
Points: 5771
Owner: Green Collection
Grade: VF 20
Points: 874
Owner: CBC
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