Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,853,600
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2200g
ASW: 0.1800oz
Melt Value: $3.25 (2/19/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1861 25C MS obverse 1861 25C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1861 Philadelphia Mint quarter dollar is among the most common issues of this long series across all grades. It benefited from both a large mintage and a drastic change in American commerce brought on by the Civil War that broke out the same year. To finance this undertaking the Treasury Department began issuing paper currency that was not immediately redeemable in hard money. This prompted banks to suspend specie (coin) payments at the end of the year, and by the spring of 1862 nearly all gold and silver coinage had disappeared from general circulation. Only the inflated economy of the Far West did hard money survive unmolested, as paper money of any kind was flatly refused.

Much of 1861's silver coinage was hoarded as soon as it was made, and this led to an unusually high survival rate at or near Mint State. Most examples are well struck and lustrous, and this date has been a favorite of type collectors for generations.

All 1861(P) quarters were coined with the Type 2 obverse (six vertical lines above the scroll), and most have the Type 2 reverse (the eagle's eyeball is convex, or raised). A very small number have the old Type 1 reverse, but this rarity seems to be of interest solely to series specialists.

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Last Updated: 10/12/2016

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1861 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 25.00 30.00 35.00 55.00 105 195 220 245 300 390 445 525 740 1150 3100 5500 16250 40000 - -
$ - - 225 - - - - - - 1800 - 5850 20000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 635
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 68


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5/21/2000 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1310, 1310/Lot# 1174 $763.00
5/31/2004 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 657 $2,645.00
8/11/2011 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(6), 1158/Lot# 9904 $523.25
2/10/2013 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 738, 747/Lot# 1108 $615.00
9/8/2013 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/08/2013, 91/Lot# 135891 $80.30
7/4/2014 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3489, 6040/Lot# 21198 $64.63
2/8/2015 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131507/Lot# 25796 $74.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base819410612716335447958870177086592597411521547197732774384587997121533624439
8598113139226395515625724801885941103312831690241036464882715611586183700
00000051562572480188594110331283169024103646488271561158600
00000055166374783390595710921415183328434015538084341346100
1861 25C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base891021191391793845156317498209209831034122116332080342645696109100441580125095
931071251522474275536707728539411000109613581782252838075082742011963188990
000000553670772853941100010961358178225283807508274201196300
000000592709796886962101711581495193129774188559587321388200
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 1977
Owner: ddr70
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 1547
Owner: Electric Peak
 
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