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: $3.05 (5/26/2015)
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: 3/10/2015

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1889 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 205 285 330 440 500 525 550 655 670 740 790 900 1150 2200 3050 6500 16500 - -
$ 550 565 600 695 730 800 860 990 1300 2450 3600 7500 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 169
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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2/5/2006 PCGS MS 68   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 719 $16,675.00
2/19/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 337, 343/Lot# 5685 $948.75
10/17/2012 NGC MS 67   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1523 $4,887.50
5/13/2013 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 3430, 3430/Lot# 1472 $525.00
7/27/2013 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 2042 $3,818.75
1/8/2014 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1201/Lot# 4173 $4,259.38
5/4/2014 NGC MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/04/2014, 169/Lot# 189524 $986.70
6/23/2014 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 23 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection of US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1213/Lot# 30401 $5,434.38
1/7/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(8), 1216/Lot# 10016 $1,057.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base510575776820874974997102110761114116612011248138116091852250130234077577162258537
5316427908389079811005103910881131117712161292145716902068267533744641592269950
0000001005103910881131117712161292145716902068267533744641592200
0000001013105711011148118912321336153317712284284937255206607300
1889 25C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base54661582887493010341059108411421181123712721321146016971950262331644252599764648839
56968684389296410421067110311551199124812881367153917812174280335264833615272550
0000001067110311551199124812881367153917812174280335264833615200
0000001075112211681218126013041413161818652398298338895415630800
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Grade: MS 68
Points: 5771
Owner: Green Collection
 
Grade: VF 20
Points: 874
Owner: CBC
 
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