Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,853,600
Catalog: KM-A64.2
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.22g
ASW: 0.18oz
Melt Value: $3.16 (10/23/2016)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/12/2016

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1861 25C MS
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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Total Graded: 639
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 68

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9/23/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2643 $862.50
10/22/2009 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 421, 427/Lot# 7483 $195.50
10/16/2011 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131143/Lot# 28253 $64.00
9/2/2012 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 3339, 3339/Lot# 1491 $240.00
1/1/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 12338 $1,410.00
2/22/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 7025 $250.28
12/5/2013 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(5), 1192/Lot# 7700 $352.50
12/29/2013 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/29/2013, 170/Lot# 161631 $88.00
7/7/2016 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2016 July 7 - 10 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(5), 1237/Lot# 7336 $764.93

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 25C MS
1861 25C MS Prooflike
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 1977
Owner: ddr70
Grade: MS 63
Points: 1547
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
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