Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 800
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2200g
ASW: 0.1800oz
Melt Value: $3.10 (5/25/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1859 25C PF obverse 1859 25C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The first public offering of proof coins by the U. S. Mint in 1858 met with considerable success, and it was anticipated that the demand would grow from there. Unfortunately, the Mint greatly overestimated this rate of growth, and the majority of these coins were melted as unsold at the end of the year. Despite this reduced population, 1859 proof quarter dollars are not rare, except in higher grades. A fair number have been certified as Cameo, too.

All proofs of this date were coined from dies of the Type 1 Obverse on which the third raised shield stripe from the right is just barely evident above Liberty's banner. Two such obverse dies were employed, the first paired with a Type 1 Reverse on which the eagle's eyeball is concave, while the other is paired with a Type 2 reverse having a convex eyeball. Walter Breen asserted that the Type 2 Obverse was also used for proofs, but this is refuted in Larry Briggs' book.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/12/2016

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1859 25C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 625 775 950 1400 2400 4650 10000 20500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 1150 1750 - - - - -
1859 25C PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 1300 - 3050 6000 13500 24000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 3800 - 20000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 151
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
7/30/1994 NGC PF 66   Heritage Auctions 1994 ANA Sale #122, 122/Lot# 6521 $5,280.00
2/7/1996 PCGS PF 63   Teletrade Auction 0813, 813/Lot# 363 $681.25
5/1/2003 NGC PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2003 May St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Sale #318, 318/Lot# 6145 $10,062.50
5/30/2005 NGC PF 66   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 181 $5,405.00
4/28/2010 NGC PF 62   Heritage Auctions 2010 April-May Milwaukee, WI CSNS US Coin Auction #1139, 1139/Lot# 2421 $1,265.00
3/28/2014 PCGS PF 63   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 5276 $1,175.00
4/20/2014 PCGS PF 64   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 800, 809/Lot# 803 $2,450.00
9/7/2014 PCGS PF 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 217995 $1,935.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 25C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3663813954124294484634845027259901138120614501609227433494431574779781125216142
3713864014184354534704905768131039116112871503183126323710487064919069128820
000000470490576813103911611287150318312632371048706491906900
0000004774966519021089118313691556205229914070530872341016100
1859 25C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base39240942644546147950051953977410511206127815311697238835004617597382651162216625
3984154324504674865065266178661103123013621586192727593872506967379384132900
000000506526617866110312301362158619272759387250696737938400
0000005135326969591154125414471642215831294245552175011050300
1859 25C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base43445346948950752754957059184211381303137916471821254837124876628686621213217288
4404584764955145345565776759411193132814681705206329364100534670789819138510
000000556577675941119313281468170520632936410053467078981900
00000056358475810391248135415581763230633244488581678701097500
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Grade: PF 67 CA
Points: 5973
Owner: SLUGGO
 
Grade: PF 66
Points: 4431
Owner: Malibu Collector
 
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