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: $3.95 (7/30/2016)
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: 9/10/2015

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1815 B-1 25C MS
Base $ 200 350 575 900 2200 2650 2850 3050 3700 4150 4250 5100 7850 15000 36500 64000 127500 - - -
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Total Graded: 169
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67

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3/3/2008 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 225, 231/Lot# 3070 $7,877.50
9/12/2010 PCGS G 6   Teletrade Auction 2923, 2923/Lot# 1490 $172.50
9/4/2011 PCGS F 12   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1037 $345.00
2/22/2013 PCGS F 12   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 7008 $453.55
6/29/2014 PCGS Genuine VF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 172243 $900.00
6/22/2014 PCGS G 6   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131426/Lot# 20463 $170.38
9/4/2014 NGC Details VG Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1209/Lot# 7441 $499.38
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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