Coin Specifications

Category: Early Quarters (1796-1838)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 6,146
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 6.7400g
ASW: 0.1933oz
Melt Value: $5.30 (5/7/2021)
Diameter: 27.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1796 25C MS obverse 1796 25C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

While several denominations of United States silver coins were struck as early as 1794, it was not until two years later that the first quarter dollars appeared. This has been attributed to the large numbers of Spanish colonial two-reales coins in circulation that traded at the same value. When the first quarter dollars were struck in 1796 they bore the newly adopted Draped Bust Liberty by Robert Scot. This was paired with the Small Eagle that was destined to be short lived. In keeping with U. S. Mint practice of the time, these coins carried no statement of value, though some other denominations proved to be exceptions.

A mere 6,146 1796 quarters were coined, with part of that production taking place the following year. A single reverse die was paired with two obverses that vary only slightly. Though Browning-1 is more scarce than B-2, there are not many collectors of this series by die marriage. Interest in this issue comes primarily from type collectors seeking just a single piece in the highest grader affordable.

More than 100 examples have survived in Mint State, these likely saved for their novelty. Despite such availability, 1796 quarter dollars are costly in any grade. The reason for this is that coinage did not resume until 1804, by which time the reverse design had changed, leaving this date as a one-year-only type coin.

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Last Updated: 1/25/2021

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1796 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 12250 18750 26500 35000 56000 66000 68500 74000 84500 89500 95000 120000 145000 200000 375000 800000 1700000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 191
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 66

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/4/2021 1796 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base2610281423584512171458922----183
-----------------1----1
---------2----11------4
------------------1---1
Total261028142358451417145910231---189
 14%5%15%7%12%3%4%2%3%7%9%1%2%3%5%5%1%2%1%--- 
1796 25C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------3-1-22------8
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Total----------3-1-22------8
 ----------38%-13%-25%25%------ 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1796 25C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base40945504680377779055971710015102961073611010113941163511757121371238513357176691992821511231852495426821
45645937712782039275981610108104421082711138114741167511883122191270914794184222045522069237742557628162
000000101081044210827111381147411675118831221912709147941842220455220692377400
000000102021058910918112661155411716120101230213033162311917520983226272436400
1796 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base392452916554750287489393968499581038710654110291126411384117541199712946171631937520926225662430126131
4379571268707917896394909775101011047610779111071130411507118351231314351179001989221472231442491127438
00000097751010110476107791110711304115071183512313143511790019892214722314400
00000098661024410565109041118511344116301191612629157571863720409220192372200
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Grade: VF 25
Points: 8748
Owner: K$C
 
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