Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 286,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2200g
ASW: 0.1800oz
Melt Value: $4.75 (4/22/2021)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1856 S 25C MS obverse 1856 S 25C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Though the mintage of this issue was not particularly small, examples are very scarce across all grades. The West was hard money country, and these coins saw extensive circulation for decades. Mint State pieces are very rare, and XF or AU specimens are likewise seldom seen.

Five die marriages are known from four obverses and five reverses. All feature the Large S mintmark typical of early San Francisco coinage. Given the low production figures, it's likely that these included reverse dies shipped in 1854-55. The only variety of known is a spectacular one: The normal Large S was punched over a much smaller one intended for another denomination. This popular variety is quite rare, and no Mint State examples have survived.

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Last Updated: 8/30/2019

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1856 S 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 365 335 585 850 2350 3350 3850 4550 6100 7600 10000 13500 16750 23000 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 30
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 62

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/20/2021 1856 S 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base14237-111-8-11--------30
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Total14237-111-8-11--------30
 3%13%7%10%23%-3%3%3%-27%-3%3%-------- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 S 25C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base19822732348973120122323259136384148477051225354616468137481126472018832486526595771163112
207259378569115821152412294038084355488751995624638070359203151602428739210543435951166268
00000024122940380843554887519956246380703592031516024287392105434300
000000250132893978456250045276589465967258109251767428386459345602700
1856 S 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17920929845668419112212247034823976457949215145593365647214122531962931691515215649261810
189238350532109320112298280736464177469349955407614367808893147112364938301531785826464901
00000022982807364641774693499554076143678088931471123649383015317800
000000238431443811437848075070567063536997105731717027670449115483500
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 4770
Owner: jlmjjhac
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 0
Owner: musiccheryl
 
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