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: $3.56 (2/26/2017)
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: 266
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
2/24/2003 NGC MS 65   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 400 $9,373.00
4/18/2004 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1871, 1871/Lot# 1082 $1,017.50
2/23/2005 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2005 February Long Beach Signature Sale #366, 366/Lot# 6520 $3,680.00
1/3/2012 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(1), 1166/Lot# 3176 $40,250.00
10/17/2012 NGC VF 20   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24538 $260.85
2/17/2013 NGC AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/17/2013, 62/Lot# 50487 $1,741.30
8/4/2013 PCGS AG 3   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 763, 772/Lot# 280 $80.00
10/29/2015 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1225/Lot# 4235 $3,055.00

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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