Coin Specifications

Category: Early Quarters (1796-1838)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 216,851
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 6.7400g
ASW: 0.1933oz
Melt Value: $3.32 (5/22/2017)
Diameter: 27mm
Edge: Reeded
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1821 25C MS obverse 1821 25C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

This date is not as common as its mintage suggests, and it's likely that some of 1821's mintage included pieces dated 1820. There is a fairly generous certified population of Mint State pieces, at least by the standard of early quarters. A few of these are gems and bring commensurately high prices.

Some six deliveries of quarter dollars were made to the Treasurer from April through December. The largest of these was dated October 15, 1821 and included 106,691 coins. It's tempting to believe that the six deliveries each accounted for one of the six known die marriages, but there is no way to prove this. Three obverse dies were combined with five reverses, with Obverse 1 used for three of these. There are no "Red Book" varieties for 1821, this being a generic term for any variety that has earned its own line item in R. S. Yeoman's A Guide Book of United States Coins. The rare B-6 variety, of which only about half a dozen pieces are known, is thus of interest only to specialists. B-2 and B-5 are scarce, the remaining entries being fairly common.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/11/2016

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1821 25C MS
Base $ 150 225 375 685 1750 2350 2550 2850 3750 3800 4150 4750 8500 12750 30000 48000 132500 - - -
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Total Graded: 270
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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8/26/1998 NGC VF 30   Teletrade Auction 1080, 1080/Lot# 1345 $261.60
2/21/2002 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2002 February Long Beach Signature Sale #284, 284/Lot# 5579 $5,520.00
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 1748 $7,475.00
8/15/2011 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 10011 $1,897.50
5/6/2012 NGC VG 10   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131220/Lot# 26121 $184.00
9/8/2013 PCGS VF 25   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 768, 777/Lot# 7076 $495.00
12/22/2013 NGC VF 20   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 158558 $170.00
1/8/2014 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1201/Lot# 4121 $2,585.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1821 25C MS
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 2117
Owner: Quarter Crazy
Grade: AU 55
Points: 1928
Owner: Quarter Crazy
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