Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 968,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2200g
ASW: 0.1800oz
Melt Value: $3.29 (2/27/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1856 O 25C MS obverse 1856 O 25C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Production of quarter dollars at the New Orleans Mint rose from 1855, with just under a million examples produced. Mint State survivors are very scarce, as are those just lightly worn. Most are reasonably well struck when compared to other O-Mint quarters of the period.

Larry Briggs reported that 12 obverse dies and six reverses were shipped to the New Orleans Mint for 1856. The lower number of reverse dies reflects the fact that usable dies of previous years did not become obsolete at the turn of the calendar. Only minor varieties have been found of the several dies identified, and these are of interest only to series specialists.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/12/2016

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1856 O 25C MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 78
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 66


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5/30/2012 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1171/Lot# 8363 $89.00
4/1/2013 NGC Details F Details  Teletrade Auction 3424, 3424/Lot# 1727 $29.00
11/15/2013 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1190/Lot# 33188 $1,292.50
7/6/2014 NGC MS 87   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 811, 820/Lot# 765 $76.00
8/1/2014 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3493, 6044/Lot# 20099 $232.65
9/14/2014 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131438/Lot# 27143 $258.50
10/12/2014 NGC AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 214348 $520.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 O 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base81941151472585177871002122113501523162917622147285437084403886414300232313797941957
851011251843446078581075126414071558167318902382313839395890106761727728147393050
000000858107512641407155816731890238231383939589010676172772814700
000000930114813071465159317172018261834234171737712488202543306300
1856 O 25C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base891021271632825568381064129314271608171818572256298938724589917514742238633888842935
931101392023736509131140133714871644176419902500328341116117110301778228871402370
000000913114013371487164417641990250032834111611711030177822887100
000000988121613821547168118102123274435774350764612886208223387900
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 1350
Owner: Yevrah1
 
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