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: $3.36 (5/28/2017)
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
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 150 225 375 685 1750 2350 2550 2850 3750 3800 4150 4750 8500 12750 30000 48000 132500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 270
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 67


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8/26/1998 NGC VF 30   Teletrade Auction 1080, 1080/Lot# 1345 $261.60
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 1748 $7,475.00
1/3/2007 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #422, 422/Lot# 2875 $2,185.00
7/11/2013 PCGS Genuine UNC   Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1187/Lot# 4869 $1,762.50
8/4/2013 PCGS AG 3   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 763, 772/Lot# 280 $80.00
8/8/2013 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(2), 1188/Lot# 3655 $6,756.25
4/1/2014 PCGS VG 8   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7655 $152.75
10/12/2014 PCGS G 4   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 137971 $155.00
2/5/2015 PCGS XF 40   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 1501 $1,292.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1821 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3155183304597113813771583180519382121223323352555296036835524654511047211633310052294
5316422340177712171445165718491999215822672408269032014296586480451441925142394980
000000144516571849199921582267240826903201429658648045144192514200
000000151417311893206021952301248128253442491062049546177912912100
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 2117
Owner: Quarter Crazy
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 1928
Owner: Quarter Crazy
 
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