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Seated Quarters (1838-1891)

For its first fifteen years the Seated Liberty Quarter Dollar competed in circulation with the Spanish two-reales piece, or two bits. It was not until the mass recoining of 1853 that enough USA quarter dollars were minted to supplant the foreign coins almost entirely. Mintage figures declined drastically during the Civil War years, since silver coins circulated only in the Far West from 1862 through the mid-1870s. An overabundance of fractional silver coins during the years 1878-90 led to very small annual mintages, these coins being produced solely to discourage speculation in what would otherwise have been proof-only dates. This series has never been especially popular with collectors, though it has experienced more interest since the formation of the Liberty Seated Collectors Club in 1974. Collecting Seated Liberty Quarter Dollars by date and mint is a very daunting task, as there are many key and semi-key rarities. These include the low-mintage issues of the 1860s and early 1870s, the Carson City Mint pieces being especially rare. Only a handful of numismatists seek Seated Liberty Quarters by varieties, but this area of interest is growing along with the overall greater focus on variety collecting. NGC will attribute Seated Liberty Quarter Dollar varieties included in VarietyPlus. Some desirable varieties include doubled dies for 1841-O and 1847, 1854-O with Huge O and repunched mintmarks for 1856-S and 1877-S. While the Briggs reference is quite a good book, there is presently limited interest in this series by varieties, the few truly popular ones being listed in one or both of the catalogs recognized by NGC. Breen numbers are not used by NGC for the same reason, as well as its lack of adequate illustrations.

Denom.MS/PFDateFee*NGC LabelVarietyPlusBreenBriggsFivaz-Stanton (NEW)Fivaz-Stanton (OLD)
25CMS1838 SEATED-      
25CMS1838 SEATED$15OPEN CLAWS   Reverse A  
25CMS1838 SEATED$15CLOSED CLAWS   Reverse B  
25CMS1840 O NO DRAPERY-      
25CMS1840 DRAPERY-      
25CMS1840 O DRAPERY-      
25CMS1840 O LG O DRAPERY$15   Rev A  
25CMS1841 O DDO$15FS-101 VP-001 B-2  
25CMS1842 LARGE DATE-      
25CMS1842 O SMALL DATE-      
25CMS1842 O LARGE DATE-      
25CMS1843 18/18 O$15FS-301   B-2  
25CMS1843 O LARGE O$15   Rev FFS-501FS-001.5
25CMS1845/845 $15FS-301   B-3  
25CMS1846/46 $15VP-001   B-2D  
25CMS1847 MPD$15FS-301   B-3  
25CMS1847/47 DDR$15FS-801 VP-001 B-2A FS-002
25CMS1848/1--8 $15VP-001   B-2  
25CMS1850 MPD$15FS-301 VP-001 B-1  
25CMS1853/53 NO ARROWS-   B-1FS-301 
25CMS1856 MPD$15FS-301      
25CMS1856 S LG/SM S$15FS-501 VP-001 Rev E FS-005
25CMS1857 $15CLASHED WITH 1C VP-001 Rev FFS-901FS-006
25CMS1857 O MPD$15FS-301     FS-006.2
25CMS1853 ARROWS & RAYS-      
25CMS1853/4 ARR & RAYS$15   B-1FS-1301FS-003
25CMS1853 O ARR & RAYS-      
25CMS1853 O/HOR O ARR & RAYS$15FS-501      
25CMS1854 O HUGE O$15   Rev AFS-501FS-004
25CMS1866 MOTTO-      
25CMS1866 S MOTTO-      
25CMS1872/1872 $15FS-301      
25CMS1873 CL 3 NO ARROWS-      
25CMS1873 OP 3 NO ARROWS-      
25CMS1873 CC NO ARROWS-      
25CMS1875 MPD$15FS-301     FS-006.75
25CMS1876 TYPE 1 REV$15      
25CMS1876 TYPE 2 REV$15      
25CMS1876 MPD$15FS-301      
25CMS1876 18/11 $15FS-302      
25CMS1876 MPD$15FS-303     FS-006.85
25CMS1876/6 TYPE 2 REV$15FS-304   B-6  
25CMS1876 MPD TYPE 2 REV$15FS-305   B-2  
25CMS1876 CC TYPE 1 REV$15  B-4087 to -4089   
25CMS1876 CC TYPE 2 REV$15  B-4090, -4091   
25CMS1876 S TYPE 1 REV$15  B-4084   
25CMS1876 S TYPE 2 REV$15  B-4085, -4086   
25CMS1876 S MPD$15FS-301      
25CMS1876 S MPD$15FS-302      
25CMS1877/77 CC$15FS-301 VP-001 B-2  
25CMS1877 S/HORIZ S$15 VP-001 Rev DFS-501FS-007
25CMS1891 MPD$15FS-301 VP-001 B-7 FS-007.5
25CMS1873 ARROWS-      
25CMS1873 CC ARROWS-      
25CMS1873 S ARROWS-      
25CPF1838 SEATED-      
25CPF1840 DRAPERY-      
25CPF1842 SMALL DATE-      
25CPF1866 NO MOTTO-      
25CPF1866 MOTTO-      
25CPF1873 CL 3 NO ARROWS-      
25CPF1873 ARROWS-      


* In order to have the above varieties requiring the $15 fee designated by NGC, VarietyPlus service must be requested at time of grading. VarietyPlus service is also available for coins already encapsulated by NGC. For coins where the fee column is blank, no VarietyPlus charge is required to have your coin designated during grading. For coins marked $15, a $15 surcharge applies to the tier fee during grading, or a $15 fee applies to have the VarietyPlus designation added to any coin already graded and encapsulated by NGC.
References:
Briggs, Larry. The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of United States Liberty Seated Quarters. Larry Briggs Rare Coins, Lima, OH, 1991