Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 80,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2200g
ASW: 0.1800oz
Melt Value: $3.12 (5/30/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1859 S 25C MS obverse 1859 S 25C MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

A very low mintage and a high rate of attrition has left the 1859-S quarter dollar a very scarce coin in all grades. The majority of survivors are heavily worn and have flaws that preclude them from being certified with a numeric grade. Examples grading XF and AU are quite rare, while it appears that not a single piece has escaped without some wear.

Just a single die pair created this entire issue. The usual Large S mintmark of 1855-58 continued into 1859, and both dies are from the old, Type 1 hubs.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/12/2016

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1859 S 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 23
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 58


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6/11/2017 XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2017 June 8 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1256/Lot# 3618


Auction Prices Realized

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11/3/2010 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 1697 $1,265.00
12/19/2010 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 2980, 2980/Lot# 1710 $5,060.00
2/2/2012 NGC F 12   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1167/Lot# 3470 $1,380.00
2/27/2014 PCGS F 12   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(1), 1203/Lot# 3374 $763.75
11/6/2014 NGC VF 25   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(1), 1211/Lot# 3447 $881.25
4/5/2015 NGC VF 30   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131515/Lot# 23075 $1,410.00
6/4/2015 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1221/Lot# 7472 $587.50
6/14/2015 PCGS Genuine F   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131525/Lot# 27094 $399.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 S 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base42948777611101668352147415598547353865251515854666248682016698264364222868001740918057687472
44858388712962285392750265598547353865251526057266438101121994431700508197003176252828740
0000005026559854735386525152605726643810112199443170050819700317625200
0000005312559854735386525153635987662913405231903696459410720617841400
1859 S 25C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base46352282811771759367949375820569156015463536756846488707717193271314321169398755808216089155
48262494413712399409852315820569156015463547259526684104492050532491519407145877773844910
0000005231582056915601546354725952668410449205053249151940714587777300
0000005525582056915601546355786220688013821238183785160669735197996600
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