Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 96,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2200g
ASW: 0.1800oz
Melt Value: $4.66 (4/19/2021)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1861 S 25C MS obverse 1861 S 25C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This low-mintage issue is one of the real rarities of the Seated Liberty Quarter Dollar series. Most survivors are heavily worn and/or damaged, with even the middle circulated grades being quite elusive. No Mint State pieces are known, and the spike in pieces graded AU by NGC likely represents resubmissions of the same specimen in an attempt to get an MS grade.

Two die pairs have been identified for 1861-S, with none of the four dies being used in more than one combination. The obverses are Type 2, while the reverses are old Type 1 dies leftover from shipments during the 1850s.

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Last Updated: 10/31/2016

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1861 S 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 350 525 1000 1800 4800 9000 11000 16500 32500 - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 39
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
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: 4/13/2021 1861 S 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base515313233-13-----------39
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Total515313233-13-----------39
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 S 25C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base304351665851175934133916433842364167405939847719135282363641186454064993954798599986555571485
3194557271153231035804056433842364167405952299655168972948642592469175155856531618506753175059
00000040564338423641674059522996551689729486425924691751558565316185000
000000419743384236416740596474115912026635336439994842853178582646370200
1861 S 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base282323622798166832643751416040613994388938177446131142300840237443874884553626587446421670057
2954226801088220034263887416040613994388950269335164122875141620458735043855332605686616373560
00000038874160406139943889502693351641228751416204587350438553326056800
000000402341604061399438896236112241971034494430034735952032570386239200
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 3889
Owner: jlmjjhac
 
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