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: $3.30 (10/17/2017)
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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1838 SEATED 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 190
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


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2/5/2006 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 684 $4,025.00
1/6/2010 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2010 January Orlando, FL FUN US Coin Auction #1136, 1136/Lot# 2508 $14,950.00
3/9/2011 NGC Details XF Details  Teletrade Auction 3028, 3028/Lot# 1314 $241.50
11/29/2012 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 8682 $822.50
11/3/2013 PCGS XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 776, 785/Lot# 486 $400.00
1/5/2014 NGC VF 35   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131402/Lot# 22863 $238.53
4/21/2014 PCGS XF 40   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3478, 6027/Lot# 20078 $411.25
9/7/2014 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 213412 $450.00
1/7/2015 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(8), 1216/Lot# 10000 $794.30


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1838 25C MS SEATED Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111311592274201054122913841649180320122138247928343800492980521029611182148965958465114
117140181291631111212801472170018722054225125973156417659708800105911242029792614270
0000001280147217001872205422512597315641765970880010591124202979200
0000001332156017511942209623652715347845527011954810886136584468800
1838 25C MS SEATED
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base10211914320938999311601309156317111911203323622705363947347770995810822144505833763781
107127165269590104812091393161217771951214224763016400457468499102461203129079601510
0000001209139316121777195121422476301640045746849910246120312907900
0000001259147816611844199222522590332743696758922810534132404370800
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