Coin Specifications

Category: Early Quarters (1796-1838)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 89,235
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 6.7400g
ASW: 0.1933oz
Melt Value: $3.36 (5/29/2017)
Diameter: 27mm
Edge: Reeded
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1815 B-1 25C MS obverse 1815 B-1 25C MS reverse

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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.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/11/2016

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1815 B-1 25C MS
Base $ 200 350 565 950 2300 2750 2950 3250 4000 4250 4450 5200 8700 14000 39000 60000 127500 - - -
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Total Graded: 169
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67

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2/28/2012 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 3005 $2,300.00
6/3/2013 PCGS VG 8   Teletrade Auction 3433, 3433/Lot# 1638 $320.00
1/26/2014 NGC MS 65   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1091 $22,325.00
5/18/2014 PCGS AG 3   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 804, 813/Lot# 10112 $120.00
6/29/2014 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 184677 $2,050.00
1/7/2015 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1216/Lot# 4080 $15,275.00
1/4/2017 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2017 January 4 - 9 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Session(2), 1251/Lot# 3889 $3,760.00
1/4/2017 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions 2017 January 4 - 9 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Session(2), 1251/Lot# 3888 $1,880.00

NGC Registry

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