Coin Specifications

Category: Early Quarters (1796-1838)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 366,000
Obverse Designer: William Kneass
Reverse Designer: William Kneass
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 6.7400g
ASW: 0.1933oz
Melt Value: $3.40 (10/22/2019)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1838 CAPPED B-1 25C MS obverse 1838 CAPPED B-1 25C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

There is just a single die pair known for this final year of the Capped Bust Quarter Dollar, yet its large mintage would suggest the use of additional dies. Since most examples show signs of extended die erosion and indifferent striking, perhaps the Mint simply got lucky in that these dies lasted so long. The transition to the new Seated Liberty type occurred in September.

This date is common in overall numbers, and a fair number of Mint State examples have survived. While many collectors favor the 1838 quarter as their one type coin for its transitional date status, buyers are cautioned to seek out examples from the early die state in which details remained sharp.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/1/2019

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1838 CAPPED B-1 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 78.00 105 135 205 460 825 950 1130 1680 2150 2450 2900 5200 10500 36500 60000 150000 - - -
$ - - 1000 1250 1900 - - 3600 6325 14250 41000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 312
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 67

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, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1838 CAPPED B-1 25C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------1------1
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Total---------------1------1
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1838 CAPPED B-1 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base11101574332811142333-3172518221---311
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Total11101574332811142334-3172519221---313
 0 %0 %3 %5 %24 %11 %9 %4 %4 %7 %11 %-1 %5 %8 %6 %1 %1 %0 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
3/28/2004 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1862, 1862/Lot# 1066 $522.50
3/3/2008 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 225, 231/Lot# 3078 $948.75
1/30/2011 NGC AU 58   Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1356 $2,530.00
5/27/2012 NGC AU 55   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1028 $351.00
2/27/2014 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(2), 1203/Lot# 3848 $5,287.50
8/1/2014 NGC F 12   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3493, 6044/Lot# 20094 $115.15
10/10/2014 NGC VF 30   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14847 $146.88
10/29/2015 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1225/Lot# 7398 $1,527.50
8/10/2016 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(1), 1238/Lot# 3735 $1,880.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1838 25C MS CAPPED B-1
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base255295381463631108111101494163418652124252526143080386851588058958812969198853085248388
268323408519781109012381540171119512257255427693342429861248568107151527423540366970
0000001238154017111951225725542769334242986124856810715152742354000
0000001366158717882037239125842924360547287091907811842175792719600
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 3080
Owner: Quarter Crazy
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 2124
Owner: Quarter Crazy
 
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