Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 300
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2200g
ASW: 0.1800oz
Melt Value: $3.13 (5/28/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1858 25C PF obverse 1858 25C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

1858 was the first year that the U. S. Mint publicized the availability of proof coins for sale and established the terms of such purchases. The number of examples sold and struck rose significantly over those of previous years. For that reason the year 1858 represented the traditional start of proof coin collections for those persons attempting to assemble complete date runs. Coin albums made for proof collectors during the 1930s-50s commenced with this date, as it was the first issue readily available to more than a handful of collectors.

A mintage figure of 80 silver proof sets was provided by a Mint official some years after the fact, and this was taken as gospel until 20th Century researchers began to actually pore over the old records. No definitive sales figures have been located, since the Mint doesn't seem to have kept them before 1860, but the current estimate for the number of 1858 proof quarter dollars made ranges from 80+ to as many as 200.

A few Cameo proofs have been certified, but the vast majority of these coins are fully brilliant or nearly so. Walter Breen observed that the coiner must have failed to wipe off the dies after polishing them, as lint impressions are commonly seen on this issue.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/12/2016

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1858 25C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 1150 1225 1650 2000 3000 6500 15000 40000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 5500 - - - -
1858 25C PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 2500 3250 - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 4750 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 72
Low Grade: 53
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Grade
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1/13/1997 PCGS PF 62   Teletrade Auction 0910, 910/Lot# 1304 $972.00
3/30/2004 NGC PF 63   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #24041, 24041/Lot# 13192 $1,299.50
6/1/2011 NGC PF 64   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1156/Lot# 3489 $2,875.00
5/30/2012 PCGS PF 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1171/Lot# 3648 $1,271.90
10/27/2014 NGC PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 27 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection II US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1214/Lot# 98398 $9,400.00
2/5/2015 PCGS PF 64   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 1512 $5,287.50
4/26/2017 PCGS PF 62   Heritage Auctions 2017 April 26 - 30 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1254/Lot# 3204 $1,175.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1858 25C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base607629653676701725752777806112014831683170718862009255535064694608976031018213890
61463766168470973476078791112411550169117671927219128723902515965948463114180
0000007607879111241155016911767192721912872390251596594846300
00000076979610151362161616991826196823733189429856247098932200
1858 25C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base648672697721747774802829858118715661774179919852113268036634888632478801052514321
65668070573075678381183996813131635178218612028230230084071536768438762117900
0000008118399681313163517821861202823023008407153676843876200
00000082084810771440170517911923207024913335448058457361964300
1858 25C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base709735760787815844872903933128316831902192821242259285338815158665182651100114918
718743769796825853882913105014161756191119932169245731964307565671899177123070
00000088291310501416175619111993216924573196430756567189917700
000000893923116615501829191920592214265535384732615377271008900
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Grade: PF 66
Points: 4694
Owner: SLUGGO
 
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