Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 260,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2200g
ASW: 0.1800oz
Melt Value: $3.11 (5/26/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1859 O 25C MS obverse 1859 O 25C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1859-O quarter dollar is fairly plentiful in the lower circulated grades, but it becomes scarce above Very Fine. Mint State examples are genuinely rare, with gems being extremely so.

There were just two dies pairs that produced this modest mintage, at least that's how many have been identified. Both feature Type 1 obverses and reverses, as only the Philadelphia Mint struck enough coins to dip into dies taken from the newer hubs. All 1859-O quarters have the standard, Large O mintmark.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/12/2016

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1859 O 25C MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 46
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
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Price
5/30/2005 NGC MS 64   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 183 $4,600.00
2/3/2011 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2011 February Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1152/Lot# 8016 $224.25
12/25/2011 PCGS VG 8   Teletrade Auction 3195, 3195/Lot# 1596 $33.00
1/1/2013 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 14317 $1,058.68
4/21/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/21/2013, 71/Lot# 108945 $119.90
2/23/2014 NGC AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 792, 801/Lot# 505 $475.00
7/4/2014 NGC Details XF Details  Stack's Bowers iAuction 3489, 6040/Lot# 21194 $146.88
3/1/2015 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131510/Lot# 23400 $329.00
12/3/2015 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 December 3 - 6 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1227/Lot# 7431 $646.25
4/26/2017 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2017 April 26 - 30 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1254/Lot# 7458 $1,645.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 O 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base819811915926864294011771456161818321961219025433113437852371051416929274554481749307
8610513219539274110191270151016891875203723072733353446646996126522043733242463130
0000001019127015101689187520372307273335344664699612652204373324200
0000001098136315641760191821132425292339564950875514790239463902900
1859 O 25C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8910613117529268699912471539170719292063230126673256456354481086617429281714584450409
9411414521442379010811344159517811973214224232863369148587254130532100934062473650
0000001081134415951781197321422423286336914858725413053210093406200
0000001164144116511855201822212545305941275153906015241245903995300
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