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: $4.89 (5/13/2021)
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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Last Updated: 10/31/2016

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1859 S 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 375 635 1100 1450 5400 13500 25500 41000 55000 - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 29
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
High Grade: 58

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/11/2021 1859 S 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base2435633--12-----------29
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Total2435633--12-----------29
 7%14%10%17%21%10%10%--3%7%----------- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 S 25C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base46352282811771759367949375820569156015463536756846488707717193271314321169398755808216089155
482624944137123994098523158205691560154635472595266841044920505324915194071458777738449193613
0000005231582056915601546354725952668410449205053249151940714587777300
0000005525582056915601546355786220688013821238183785160669735197996600
1859 S 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base42948777611101668352147415598547353865251515854666248682016698264364222868001740918057687472
448583887129622853927502655985473538652515260572664381011219944317005081970031762528287491846
0000005026559854735386525152605726643810112199443170050819700317625200
0000005312559854735386525153635987662913405231903696459410720617841400
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 5251
Owner: jlmjjhac
 
Grade: VF 30
Points: 1668
Owner: coastie720
 
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