Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 550
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2200g
ASW: 0.1800oz
Melt Value: $3.33 (2/27/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1862 25C PF obverse 1862 25C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The onset of the Civil War in 1861 drove gold and silver coins from circulation in most of the nation, as the federal paper money used to finance that undertaking was not redeemable in coin and soon depreciated. With the quarter dollar now worth more than its face value, purchasers of proofs would have to pay in kind or at a higher price in paper. This discouraged proof sales, and that fact is reflected in the lower net mintage for this date.

President Lincoln's Mint Director, James Pollock, was more conservative than his predecessor, the somewhat impulsive James R. Snowden, and he wasn't going to make proof coins that wouldn't sell. He required that buyers purchase complete proof sets rather than just the denominations desire, and this further dampened collector enthusiasm. Of the 550 proof quarter dollars coined for 1862, some 430+ comprise the net mintage after melting the unsold remainder. This issue is thus more scarce than those of the several preceding years, and Cameo pieces are very elusive.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/12/2016

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1862 25C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - 450 480 550 725 925 1400 2550 4600 9250 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1862 25C PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 1800 3000 6250 11500 18500 73000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 7150 - - -
1862 25C PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 21500 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 132
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/1/1997 NGC PF 64   Teletrade Auction 0976, 976/Lot# 1334 $999.00
9/14/2008 PCGS PF 64   Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 814 $2,415.00
3/31/2011 NGC PF 64   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 1617 $1,897.50
10/6/2011 PCGS PF 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 625, 632/Lot# 6558 $2,001.00
8/2/2012 NGC PF 67   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(1), 1173/Lot# 3295 $9,987.50
2/9/2014 NGC PF 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/09/2014, 171/Lot# 142014 $1,002.79
5/12/2015 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 May 12 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection III US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1228/Lot# 98382 $6,462.50
1/6/2016 NGC PF 67   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(1), 1231/Lot# 3205 $9,987.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1862 25C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base27228229530832333635136638156378390895812711589227433494431574785741246218395
27528629931332734135637144263682592510621377181726323710487066899870144400
0000003563714426368259251062137718172632371048706689987000
00000036137650271086694111671483204629914070530876321116600
1862 25C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base292304320333348363378392409602835966101813451676238835004617597388781286118927
296309324338353368383398473680879983112714551913275938725069694110206148830
00000038339847368087998311271455191327593872506969411020600
000000387403538757922100112361566215131294245552179101153300
1862 25C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3273393543693864014184344536619081048110314501799254837124876628692961341019656
3313443593753914074234405227439551066121915662049293641005346728910667154920
000000423440522743955106612191566204929364100534672891066700
0000004294475928261001108513341683229833244488581682931203900
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Grade: PF 67 CA
Points: 5973
Owner: SLUGGO
 
Grade: PF 65
Points: 3349
Owner: robertinct
 
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