Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 1,484,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2200g
ASW: 0.1800oz
Melt Value: $3.07 (10/17/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1854 O ARROWS 25C MS obverse 1854 O ARROWS 25C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

1854-O quarters are fairly plentiful in circulated grades, but Mint State pieces remain elusive despite the high mintage.

The several die pairs identified for this issue are of little interest, with one big exception. The Huge O reverse is extremely popular and commands a substantial premium. This features what appears to be a hand-cut mintmark that is bloated and mis-shapen. Most writers have stated that this operation was performed at the New Orleans Mint because it received a reverse die that was lacking its "O" mintmark. A more likely scenario is that the die had a mintmark that was shallow and faded away from normal erosion and/or polishing of the die to remove clash marks or erosion lines. In Larry Briggs' book on this coin series is illustrated a late state of his Die C in which the mintmark and adjacent lettering has become diminished in this manner, and it may be that this die or a similar one was again made usable through recutting of the mintmark by hand.

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Last Updated: 10/12/2016

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1854 O ARROWS 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 166
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 67


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9/26/1998 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 1998 September Long Beach Sale #192, 192/Lot# 6662 $891.25
6/6/2005 PCGS AG 3   Heritage Auctions 2005 June Long Beach Bullet Auction #377, 377/Lot# 606 $431.25
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1171/Lot# 3634 $3,450.00
3/25/2013 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3423, 3423/Lot# 1498 $360.00
3/31/2013 PCGS F 12   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 745, 754/Lot# 387 $2,313.00
6/23/2013 PCGS G 4   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/23/2013, 80/Lot# 123244 $20.00
6/23/2014 NGC F 15   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3487, 6036/Lot# 20179 $76.38


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1854 O 25C MS ARROWS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8910612714730148966581511571345158517281789201226423927599772698895226593682040709
9411313319836354771592912191425163217481863222230704617642178111348327379381160
0000007159291219142516321748186322223070461764217811134832737900
00000076510431282150516801768193724323498530768458353180713209900
1854 O 25C MS ARROWS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base819811513527845662276410921271150216391697191125193761577170088591220513594839769
8610312118233751166987311511348154716581768211329334431618375351307726683372210
0000006698731151134815471658176821132933443161837535130772668300
0000007169821211142515931677183923163347510165958063175643131500
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Grade: AU 50
Points: 5843
Owner: jaebardoc
 
Grade: VF 25
Points: 3715
Owner: 100caps
 
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