Coin Specifications

Category: Early Quarters (1796-1838)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 168,000
Catalog: KM-44
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 6.74g
ASW: 0.1933oz
Melt Value: $3.41 (10/27/2016)
Diameter: 27mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1825 25C MS obverse 1825 25C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Quarter dollar coinage was suspended for all of 1824 and most of 1825. Four warrants totaling 168,000 coins were all posted in December, 1825, and this generous figure has provided collectors a large pool of 1825-dated quarters. All are overdates, these resulting from 1822 obverse dies that were first overpunched with first a numeral 4. When demand fir additional quarters failed to materialize that year, the dies were repunched a second time with a 5 atop the 4 and 2. The degree to which these underlying numerals are visible has led to some confusion over the years. Current specialists have settled upon the term 1825/2 for the scarce Obverse 1 (B-1) and 1825/4 for the more common B-2 and B-3 marriages, which employed Obverse 2.

There is a relatively large population of Mint State survivors within the NGC Census, though these are overwhelmingly of the B-2 marriage. There are rare examples of the B-2 and B-3 marriages which have had the letters "E" or "L" punched over Liberty's head. No documentation has been found for why this was done, but researchers lean toward the theory that these coins were presented as prizes for achievement in the study of English and Latin, respectively. The fact that all such specimens are in or near Mint State tends to reinforce the idea that they were prized keepsakes.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/11/2016

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Total Graded: 328
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 66

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11/4/2016 MS 64   Stack's Bowers November 2016 Baltimore, 6151/Lot# 4156

Auction Prices Realized

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3/13/1999 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 1999 Mid Winter ANA Signature Sale #199, 199/Lot# 6386 $1,495.00
10/3/2005 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #56, 61/Lot# 518 $1,092.50
9/23/2007 NGC AU 50   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2630 $1,440.00
5/19/2008 PCGS G 6   Teletrade Auction 2531, 2531/Lot# 1372 $168.00
5/30/2012 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2575 $1,725.00
8/2/2012 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(4), 1173/Lot# 5112 $7,637.50
2/22/2013 PCGS VF 25   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 7011 $558.13
3/23/2014 PCGS G 6   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/23/2014, 178/Lot# 180457 $126.50
6/4/2014 PCGS F 12   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1206/Lot# 3696 $998.75

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1825 25C MS
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 5563
Owner: Dawes
Grade: MS 64
Points: 3747
Owner: rfar
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