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: $3.66 (8/29/2016)
Diameter: 27mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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.


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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: 170
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67

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6/18/2007 NGC F 12   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 151, 156/Lot# 6118 $529.00
12/12/2010 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2976, 2976/Lot# 1530 $18,975.00
2/3/2011 PCGS VG 10   Heritage Auctions 2011 February Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1152/Lot# 8005 $402.50
2/24/2013 PCGS AG 3   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/24/2013, 63/Lot# 100640 $62.82
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
10/30/2014 PCGS VF 30   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 4149 $998.75
1/7/2015 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1216/Lot# 4533 $5,405.00
7/7/2016 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2016 July 7 - 10 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(1), 1237/Lot# 3395 $2,173.75

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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