Coin Specifications

Category: Early Quarters (1796-1838)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 398,000
Obverse Designer: William Kneass
Reverse Designer: William Kneass
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 6.7400g
ASW: 0.1933oz
Melt Value: $3.49 (2/20/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1831 25C MS obverse 1831 25C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

As a class, the small diameter Capped Bust Quarter Dollars of 1831-28 are more plentiful than their large diameter predecessors. This is mostly a reflection of their higher mintages, though the distinctly raised rims of the new type did provide greater protection from wear. In place of the low-relief, toothed border used previously, the quarters made in 1831 and later feature a two-tiered border of short beads within a raised rim.

Mint Director Samuel Moore (1824-35) considered the Latin legend E PLURIBUS UNUM to be redundant with the English inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, and he sought approval to remove it when the quarter dollar was reduced in size and increased in thickness. This approval was granted by President Andrew Jackson on January 28, 1831.

The seven die marriages of 1831 quarters are divided into those having UNITED STATES OF AMERICA in small letters, unique to this year, versus those having the large letters of subsequent years. Each group has a single scarce issue: B-3 (SL) and B-7 (LL). The remaining varieties are common in circulated grades, though some have provided a good pool of Mint State pieces, as well. B-5 appears to be the most available in MS.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/11/2016

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1831 25C MS
Base $ 78.00 105 135 205 460 825 920 1100 1525 2025 2125 2550 4850 9750 30500 65000 - - - -
$ - - - - 1950 - - - - 13500 - - 147500 -

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Total Graded: 667
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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11/17/1995 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 1995 Santa Clara Bullet Sale #145, 145/Lot# 367 $660.00
1/25/2004 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 2063 $517.50
9/4/2006 NGC XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 103, 108/Lot# 79 $368.00
4/8/2012 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 3255, 3255/Lot# 1753 $6,600.00
5/6/2012 PCGS VF 20   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/06/2012, 21/Lot# 47239 $154.00
7/12/2012 PCGS PR 1   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 8154 $47.00
7/27/2013 NGC Details UNC Details  Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 2007 $1,703.75
5/19/2015 PCGS MS 66   Prooflike Stack's Bowers May 2015 Pogue Collection, 6071/Lot# 1081 $55,812.50
6/4/2015 PCGS MS 63   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1221/Lot# 3901 $2,937.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1831 25C MS
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 3675
Owner: rfar
Grade: MS 63
Points: 2349
Owner: Senator32
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