Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 396,400
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2200g
ASW: 0.1800oz
Melt Value: $4.58 (7/26/2021)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1855 S ARROWS 25C MS obverse 1855 S ARROWS 25C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Scarce in all grades, the vast majority of 1855-S quarters are heavily worn and/or damaged. Briggs reported that a number of examples were fashioned into items of jewelry, a fad of the time typically associated with dimes or half dimes.

Two obverse dies were paired with three reverses for a total of four die marriages. None of these varieties is of particular interest to collectors, and both reverses feature the Large S typical of that mint's first year of silver coinage.

Though the San Francisco Mint had begun coining gold the previous year, the refining of silver required parting acids that were in shorty supply in the West. The transcontinental railroad was then still 14 years away, so this facility faced chronic shortages of such chemicals.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/31/2016

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1855 S ARROWS 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 80.00 110 215 385 925 1500 1750 2150 2800 4000 5000 6500 9750 22000 32500 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 37
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 64

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/20/2021 1855 S ARROWS 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base11429-82132-1111------37
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Total11429-82132-1111------37
 3%3%11%5%24%-22%5%3%8%5%-3%3%3%3%------ 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 S ARROWS 25C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1832122624066861345161618472392268630603280375443475000685885541321520689327175220657225
19222831049990514351693202824902810313334383951456456197423101071570624698392135387960086
00000016932028249028103133343839514564561974231010715706246983921300
00000017702210258829353206359641494782623879881166118197287074570900
1855 S ARROWS 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1671942413786421271153117532279256129243135359441694802660882591280720121319175107556015
1762092864668511357160519282373268229943288378543805404715897751524524053383035272158816
0000001605192823732682299432883785438054047158977515245240533830300
00000016792103246728033064344139774591600677081129117683279854468900
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Grade: AU 53
Points: 2279
Owner: mjverhulst
 
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