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: $3.33 (5/22/2017)
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: 671
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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5/27/2012 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 1148 $3,162.50
2/4/2013 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3416, 3416/Lot# 1690 $352.50
2/22/2013 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 1331 $1,997.50
8/18/2013 PCGS VF 30   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 765, 774/Lot# 109 $255.00
11/1/2013 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1191/Lot# 7540 $307.85
2/3/2014 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1202/Lot# 7569 $352.50
5/4/2014 PCGS VF 20   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131419/Lot# 26573 $246.75
5/25/2014 NGC MS 61   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/25/2014, 183/Lot# 194672 $1,732.50
3/31/2015 NGC VF 35   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 32846 $246.75

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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