Coin Specifications

Category: Washington Quarters (1932-1998)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,149,291
Obverse Designer: John Flanagan
Reverse Designer: John Flanagan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.10 (11/19/2019)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1959 25C PF obverse 1959 25C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The frenzied market in proof sets returned in 1959, after the set back of 1957-58, and it was now joined by a mania for both rolls and bags of uncirculated coins of recent dates. While this activity hardly qualified as numismatics, it was the new reality of the coin market. As in 1957, proof set sales exceeded a million units, but this time that didn't seem like enough to satisfy speculative demand. The trend toward ever-increasing sales would last through 1964.

The proof quarter dollar of 1959 is common in grades through PF 68, with a fairly generous supply of PF 69 examples, too. Nearly all of these are fully brilliant or display only slight frosting on the devices of one or both sides. Coins designated as Cameo are available to advanced collectors, but Ultra Cameo specimens are especially rare for this date.

One of the better DDO varieties among proof quarters is found for this date. The motto IN GOD WE TRUST is quite boldly doubled, and this variety is quite popular.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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1959 25C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 9.60 10.00 10.60 11.55 12.95 16.55 22.95 27.00 60.00 225 -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - 35.00 -
1959 25C PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 18.00 25.00 35.00 55.00 130 450 -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 28.00 40.00 60.00 -
1959 25C PF UC
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 200 300 900 4400 -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 225 350 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 7869
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 67
High Grade: 69

The chart showing 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series, 69 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/19/2019 1959 25C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1-1462817159732412325692-7066
----------------22413518-98
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Total----------1-1462817359932822360710-7164
 ----------0 %-0 %0 %0 %0 %2 %8 %46 %33 %10 %- 
1959 25C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------41651230317140-758
----------------117104-23
------------------1---1
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Total---------------41752238327144-782
 ---------------1 %2 %7 %30 %42 %18 %- 
1959 25C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------1-214217-45
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Total---------------1-214217-45
 ---------------2 %-4 %31 %47 %16 %- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/15/2005 PCGS PF 67   Teletrade Auction 2039, 2039/Lot# 1381 $20.00
5/15/2006 NGC PF 67   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 87: Lake Champlain & Colony Collections, 92/Lot# 876 $16.10
5/27/2007 NGC PF 67   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 424 $24.00
10/21/2007 PCGS PF 68   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #67104, 67104/Lot# 24134 $1,006.25
7/10/2012 NGC PF 67   Stack's Bowers The August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World's Fair of Money Auction - US and World Lots - Internet Only Sessions, 174/Lot# 13181 $49.35
6/24/2013 NGC PF 67   Cameo Teletrade Auction 3436, 3436/Lot# 1468 $30.00
3/9/2014 NGC PF 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/09/2014, 167/Lot# 175917 $81.40
6/29/2014 PCGS PF 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 196532 $16.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1959 25C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base912121620242428282828414141457210214322045010661393
1012131721242528282832414142548211616929765511750
0000002528282832414142548211616929765500
0000002728282837414144639212919437386100
1959 25C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333666681102123143265404620820160936014724
333333466631881091301843114766871083227339750
000000466631881091301843114766871083227300
000000566656951161362243585487531346293700
1959 25C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6699121212161616163737374145598198237674620
6791012121316161623373738425066871443836740
00000013161616233737384250668714438300
00000015161616303737404454749219152800
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Grade: PF 69 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 3601
Owner: Paul Kromm
 
Grade: PF 69 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 3601
Owner: TERRY A
 
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