Coin Specifications

Category: Early Quarters (1796-1838)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 89,235
Catalog: KM-44
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 6.74g
ASW: 0.1933oz
Melt Value: $3.40 (10/23/2016)
Diameter: 27mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
Link to this coin

1815 B-1 25C MS obverse 1815 B-1 25C MS reverse

Expand All    Collapse All


Click on a coin to see VarietyPlus details.

Description & Analysis

Eight years had elapsed since quarter dollars were coined by the U. S. Mint when in July of 1815 it received an order for this denomination from the Planters Bank of New Orleans. Mint Director Robert L. Patterson attempted to fill the request with some other denomination, as no quarter dollar dies or hubs were on hand for the John Reich design adopted years earlier for the dime and half dollar. The bank, however, was adamant, and the Mint had no choice but to prepare the necessary tools. This greatly delayed the fulfillment of the bank's order, and this 1815's mintage was delivered in two warrants dated December 16 and January 10, respectively. These employed a single pair of dies.

Mint State examples have survived in sufficient numbers to supply the demand from advanced type collectors, and nice circulated pieces are available, too, in numbers greater than this date's mintage would suggest. As the first quarter dollar of the Reich type, a fair number appear to have been saved for their novelty.

Some examples are known having the letters "E" or "L" punched above Liberty's head, and it's believed that these were so marked as presentation pieces to note proficiency in English or Latin, respectively. Since most such counterstamped quarters are dated 1825, it's likely that the prizes were made at that time.


Loading... Working...

Use the scroll bar at the bottom of this box to view a summary of the NGC Price Guide, NGC Census, Auction Prices Realized and NGC Registry Scores for each grade.

There was no data found for this Coin.

Select Designation


Select Grade

*To view the Census details for this coin, please sign in or sign up.

Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/11/2016

Click on a price to see historical prices, comparison charts and trends.

1815 B-1 25C MS
Base $ 200 350 565 950 2300 2750 2950 3250 4000 4250 4450 5200 8700 14000 39000 60000 127500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 17500 45000 - 380000 -

NGC Price and Value Guides Disclaimer



Total Graded: 171
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67

Upcoming Auctions

Auction Prices Realized

A random selection of coins is shown below.

Auction House
Sale / Lot
2/11/2007 NGC MS 65   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1348 $23,400.00
3/3/2008 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 225, 231/Lot# 3070 $7,877.50
8/11/2010 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143, 1143/Lot# 4641 $5,031.25
9/12/2010 PCGS G 6   Teletrade Auction 2923, 2923/Lot# 1490 $172.50
1/24/2012 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The January 2012 Americana Sale, 134/Lot# 8548 $1,380.00
10/13/2013 PCGS G 4   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/13/2013, 96/Lot# 142895 $139.70
5/19/2015 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers May 2015 Pogue Collection, 6071/Lot# 1057 $96,937.50
11/9/2015 PCGS F 15   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 24986 $499.38
7/10/2016 PCGS Genuine F   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131629/Lot# 25061 $406.55

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1815 B-1 25C MS
Registry Image Gallery
Grade: MS 62
Points: 2754
Owner: rfar
View the Registry Image Gallery

Related Articles

There are no related articles for this coin.

NGC Auction Central Disclaimer