Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 466,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.6800g
ASW: 0.1933oz
Melt Value: $5.08 (4/22/2021)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1838 SEATED 25C MS obverse 1838 SEATED 25C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Christian Gobrecht's new design featuring Liberty Seated and looking backward over her shoulder debuted on the silver dollars of 1836, was adapted to the dimes and half dimes in 1837, and then transitioned with the old Capped Bust type on the quarter dollar in the following year. Unlike the two smaller coins, this denomination was never issued without the 13 stars that encircle Liberty. These were integral to the master die and thus did not have to be punched into each working die, as was done with the smaller coins until 1840.

The modest mintage of fewer than half a million pieces was all that could be produced during the final quarter of 1838, coinage having commenced September 29. A fair number of Mint State pieces were preserved for their novelty, but not nearly as many as were saved of the dime and half dime. Such coins are elusive, and gems are genuinely rare.

The reverse design evidently not transfer fully from hub to working die, and the eagle's claws are found with two variations, these evidently being punched or engraved after the main transfer process was completed. The distinction between "open claws" and "closed claws" is subtle and of interest only to specialists. Their relative rarity is still being determined.

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Last Updated: 1/24/2020

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1838 SEATED 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 35.00 45.00 60.00 190 440 800 1050 1100 1250 1700 2250 2950 4850 8900 33500 69000 125000 275000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 208
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
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: 4/20/2021 1838 SEATED 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base2433281218781132-10162026521---208
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Total2433281218781132-10162326531---212
 1%2%1%1%13%6%8%3%4%5%15%-5%8%11%12%2%1%0%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1838 SEATED 25C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111311592274201054122913841649180320122138247928343800492980521029611182148965958465114
1171401812916311112128014721700187220542251259731564176597088001059112420297926142768370
0000001280147217001872205422512597315641765970880010591124202979200
0000001332156017511942209623652715347845527011954810886136584468800
1838 SEATED 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base10211914320938999311601309156317111911203323622705363947347770995810822144505833763781
1071271652695901048120913931612177719512142247630164004574684991024612031290796015166970
0000001209139316121777195121422476301640045746849910246120312907900
0000001259147816611844199222522590332743696758922810534132404370800
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 2705
Owner: jhd
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1911
Owner: jlmjjhac
 
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