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: $3.25 (2/21/2017)
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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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 24
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 58


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3/27/2011 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3037, 3037/Lot# 1582 $2,472.50
10/18/2012 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(2), 1175/Lot# 4136 $2,232.50
4/24/2013 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1184/Lot# 1959 $1,175.00
9/25/2013 NGC VG 8   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1189/Lot# 7869 $485.28
1/8/2014 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1201/Lot# 4151 $1,997.50
10/3/2014 NGC AG 3   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3502, 6056/Lot# 22045 $182.13


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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