Coin Specifications

Category: Early Quarters (1796-1838)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 168,000
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 6.7400g
ASW: 0.1933oz
Melt Value: $3.40 (10/22/2019)
Diameter: 27mm
Edge: Reeded
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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 for 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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Last Updated: 1/28/2019

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1825 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 200 275 410 650 1750 2120 2500 2800 3500 3750 4190 4810 7190 13300 44500 66000 90800 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 367
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 66

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1825 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base14352922491619161733402816202241----363
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----------1---2-------3
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Total14352922491619161733412816222241----366
 4 %10 %8 %6 %13 %4 %5 %4 %5 %9 %11 %1 %2 %4 %6 %6 %1 %0 %---- 
1825 25C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------31-----4
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Total---------------31-----4
 ---------------75 %25 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/31/2004 NGC MS 64   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 645 $5,463.00
3/3/2011 NGC VF 30   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 563, 570/Lot# 5220 $598.00
10/2/2011 NGC F 12   Teletrade Auction 3147, 3147/Lot# 1740 $360.00
5/20/2012 PCGS G 6   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/20/2012, 23/Lot# 52205 $84.70
5/30/2012 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1171/Lot# 3627 $632.50
11/15/2013 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1190/Lot# 33345 $7,637.50
7/11/2014 NGC G 4   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5726 $94.00
7/11/2014 NGC AG 3   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5729 $258.50
8/6/2017 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131733/Lot# 25067 $1,454.40


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