Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 188,127
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.6800g
ASW: 0.1933oz
Melt Value: $3.56 (2/25/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1840 DRAPERY 25C MS obverse 1840 DRAPERY 25C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

During 1840 three of the existing Seated Liberty denominations received a distinctively revised figure of Liberty that was crafted by Robert Ball Hughes (the half dollar alone retained Gobrecht's version). This change evidently came late in the year for the quarter dollar, as the mintage of this subtype is quite small. Minor distinctions may be seen in the two reverse dies used, as the Mint continued to perfect the details of this coin typel.

Not surprisingly, this issue is somewhat scarce overall and genuinely rare in Mint State.

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1840 DRAPERY 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 32.00 40.00 60.00 150 310 400 485 685 850 1050 1450 2250 5700 17500 23500 28500 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 42
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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2/10/1997 PCGS MS 61   Teletrade Auction 0918, 918/Lot# 1299 $681.25
5/5/2004 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2004 May (CSNS) Signature Sale #346, 346/Lot# 6935 $1,782.50
2/17/2013 NGC Details XF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/17/2013, 62/Lot# 51086 $134.20
2/22/2013 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 7015 $179.78
9/25/2013 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1189/Lot# 6351 $4,406.25
11/1/2013 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1191/Lot# 7549 $763.75
5/24/2015 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131522/Lot# 21694 $305.50
11/9/2015 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 24989 $305.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1840 DRAPERY 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base819410612316729842353264671781387496421243071509160816428679092714003844172
8598111137210339459570669749833904135024393744542161966548761719526414160
00000045957066974983390413502439374454216196654876171952600
00000049560869378185393417372755441757516312666984442978200
1840 DRAPERY 25C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base89102119135183323456570690764867930102422333213529763166673704595924098345188
93107124151229367494610714798888961142725593907563664356797789420055423840
00000049461071479888896114272559390756366435679778942005500
00000053265073983290999218302886460259766554692187433051900
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