Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 191,600
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2200g
ASW: 0.1800oz
Melt Value: $4.75 (4/22/2021)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1863 25C MS obverse 1863 25C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

By 1863 it was obvious that no gold or silver coins were circulating in most of the nation, due to uncertainty over the wartime economy. Coinage of these pieces fell at the Philadelphia Mint, and things would only get worse as the decade progressed. It's likely that many of the 1863(P) quarters saw circulation in Canada and Latin America, while some others were shipped to Europe and melted. The two mints then active also kept pieces on hand so that depositors of bullion could be paid any fractions of the dollar that they were owed.

While this date is very scarce in overall numbers, a disproportionate number of survivors are in Mint State. Most examples are well worn, with the higher circulated grades being especially elusive. Typically, 1863(P) are quite well struck. Like many Philadelphia Mint silver coins of the 1860s, they may be found with striated planchets from the draw bench dies used to get each strip of metal to its proper thickness. Why this was so common to that particular place and time remains a mystery.

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Last Updated: 10/31/2016

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1863 25C MS
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Base $ 60.00 85.00 125 250 460 525 550 600 650 750 925 1175 1750 2250 5200 7500 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 73
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66

The chart showing G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/20/2021 1863 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-1226-53-56-37313116----73
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Total-1226-53-56-37313117----74
 -1%3%3%8%-7%4%-7%8%-4%9%4%18%15%9%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1863 25C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base123143201241406752901103411071153122112641330141022562546391647406324100871536823701
129162214296521801945105811221175123512861356169223523002419052687578118471814524886
0000009451058112211751235128613561692235230024190526875781184700
0000009891082113711981249130813831974244934594465579688321360700
1863 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111311832203787058479741044108811521193125613332147242637514550608997541491223072
11714819527248775288999710581109116512141281160422402867401750637310114731763224226
000000889997105811091165121412811604224028674017506373101147300
0000009311020107311301179123513071875233333094283557685321319200
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 2426
Owner: mjverhulst
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 1256
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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