Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 44,200
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.6800g
ASW: 0.1933oz
Melt Value: $3.32 (10/17/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1853/53 NO ARROWS 25C MS obverse 1853/53 NO ARROWS 25C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The abortive coinage of 1853(P) quarters without arrowheads at the date was the result of new legislation passed early in the year changing the weights of all fractional silver coins. Many of these pieces remained on hand at the Philadelphia Mint and were melted there, others being shipped overseas and melted for recovery of their bullion, which was then valued higher than 25 cents.

A single pair of dies was used in two deliveries during February of 1853. The obverse features a repunched date. Being the only one used, however, there is no premium added to this already scarce and valuable coin. As with so many of the 1850-52 issues, Mint State examples have survived in disproportionately high numbers to the overall population.

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Last Updated: 10/12/2016

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1853/53 NO ARROWS 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 44
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 68


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8/11/2010 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143, 1143/Lot# 4674 $4,887.50
1/9/2013 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1181/Lot# 4113 $7,050.00
6/23/2014 NGC MS 68   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 23 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection of US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1213/Lot# 30370 $38,187.50
8/13/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 10080 $35,250.00
4/4/2017 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2017 April 4 - 6 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(2), 1253/Lot# 15710 $10,575.00
4/26/2017 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2017 April 26 - 30 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1254/Lot# 3178 $4,935.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1853/53 NO 25C MS ARROWS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base558629806105112571644187120722217230824382519258527702968345345025613697399091327318112
581688887111913861719193821202247235124652541264628363129380248726066795111030148860
00000019382120224723512465254126462836312938024872606679511103000
00000020052168227723942492256327082902329141525242651989301215100
1853/53 NO 25C MS ARROWS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base51958675499011861558177619692109219723222401246426432834330343195397672095801286417597
541642832105513101630184020152138223823482422252327062990364146785838767310674144410
00000018402015213822382348242225232706299036414678583876731067400
00000019042062216722802374244325832770314639805037627986261176900
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