Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 600
Catalog: KM-A98
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $2.84 (7/4/2015)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1891 25C PF obverse 1891 25C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The resumption of quarter dollar coinage in 1891 was an important occasion in the history of the New Orleans Mint. After its seizure by rebel authorities at the outbreak of the Civil War, the facility produced a limited number of coins for the Confederate States of America before Union forces liberated the Crescent City in early 1862. Over the next sixteen years, the federal government used the mint building for various purposes, none of which included coinage. The passage of the Bland-Allison Act in 1878 and the anticipated large scale production of the Morgan dollar led to the reopening of the facility as a branch mint the following year. While silver dollars and various gold denominations flowed from the presses of the southern branch mint over the course of the following decade, minor coinage had to wait until 1891. In that year, as stated earlier, the Liberty Seated quarter re-entered the life of the New Orleans Mint for the first time since 1860 and, by the end of the year, 68,000 business strikes had been produced. To mark the occasion, the New Orleans Mint also struck at least two proof specimens. These pieces, along with their 1855-S counterparts, are the only branch mint proofs in the entire Seated quarter series.

In his Encyclopedia of United States and Colonial Proof Coins: 1722-1977, Walter Breen confirms that there are only two extant examples of the 1891-O branch mint proof quarter. His plate coin for the issue is the specimen that appeared as lot 173 in Lester Merkin's Public Auction Sale of October 4, 1969. Another and, presumably, different example was featured as lot 2024 in the 1980 American Numismatic Association Auction (Steve Ivy Numismatic Auctions, Inc., 8/80), where it realized $51,000.

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


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1891 25C PF
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 475 630 950 1280 2375 3250 5800 17000 - -
$ - - - - - 525 690 1050 1380 2650 3450 6500 -
1891 25C PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 750 1075 1500 2850 3950 8250 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 1125 1750 3050 - - -
1891 25C PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 1300 2100 3900 5000 12250 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 1500 2500 4750 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 231
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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11/8/1999 NGC PF 64   Teletrade Auction 1233, 1233/Lot# 1319 $572.25
9/6/2004 PCGS PF 64   Cameo Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 719 $1,150.00
7/16/2007 NGC PF 65   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 159, 164/Lot# 858 $1,955.00
1/9/2008 NGC PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #454, 454/Lot# 1175 $4,312.50
2/28/2012 PCGS   Cameo Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 3086 $2,875.00
2/23/2014 PCGS PF 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/23/2014, 182/Lot# 162211 $1,449.44
11/6/2014 NGC Details Proof Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(5), 1211/Lot# 7679 $470.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1891 25C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base194201212223234244255265278423602705745958110313982205291038175158744410727
196205216227237248258269326483636718816100612011667244032124264592085380
000000258269326483636718816100612011667244032124264592000
000000262274375542671732887105513001936267535154711668200
1891 25C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2092202302412512652752883014566447527941018117014782316304739845367771811085
213223234244256268279292353519680766869106912731757256033594445615188400
000000279292353519680766869106912731757256033594445615100
000000284297404581716780943111913752037280336724906693400
1891 25C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2372482582722822953083233365027058208651103126415902472323842175656809611578
241251263275286299313327391570743835944115713731884272735644697646992570
000000313327391570743835944115713731884272735644697646900
0000003183324476377828501024121014812178298338915176728300
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Grade: PF 68
Points: 5158
Owner: robertinct
 
Grade: PF 67 CAMEO
Points: 3984
Owner: Lafitte Coin Company
 
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