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: $3.41 (10/17/2019)
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.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Last Updated: 6/14/2019

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1821 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 175 240 450 845 1750 2000 2550 2850 3750 3750 4200 4800 8500 12750 30000 45500 132500 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 291
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 67

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1821 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base924332746141513102119-991316721---288
---------------1------1
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Total924332746141513112119-991317721---290
 3 %8 %11 %9 %16 %5 %5 %4 %4 %7 %7 %-3 %3 %4 %6 %2 %1 %0 %--- 
1821 25C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1------2----3
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Total----------1------2----3
 ----------33 %------67 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/3/2006 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Auction #394, 394/Lot# 3149 $43,125.00
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 1748 $7,475.00
7/7/2011 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1157/Lot# 3479 $1,840.00
11/21/2011 NGC G 6   Teletrade Auction 3176, 3176/Lot# 1353 $150.00
5/30/2012 NGC VF 20   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1171/Lot# 8334 $517.50
2/17/2013 NGC AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/17/2013, 62/Lot# 50487 $1,741.30
7/7/2013 PCGS MS 98   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 759, 768/Lot# 91 $85.00
7/11/2014 NGC G 6   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5724 $170.38
9/18/2016 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131639/Lot# 27865 $1,645.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1821 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1171209320642140414831558179019282117223324012754310337475563675312460184172761941980
5718324642789614301508163518361991215522892518287033174352595986551444521484324060
000000150816351836199121552289251828703317435259598655144452148400
0000001533171218822054219423452636298635324957635610557164312455100
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 2117
Owner: Quarter Crazy
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 1928
Owner: Quarter Crazy
 
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