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: $3.22 (2/17/2020)
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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Last Updated: 8/30/2019

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1856 O 25C MS
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Base $ 40.00 65.00 100.00 105 315 585 635 730 910 1250 1500 1750 2950 5250 13300 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 87
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 2/11/2020 1856 O 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-156139563131115-35-1----87
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Total-156139563131115-35-1----87
 -1%6%7%15%10%6%7%3%15%13%1%6%-3%6%-1%---- 

NGC Registry

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