Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 29,400
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2200g
ASW: 0.1800oz
Melt Value: $3.06 (10/23/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1868 25C MS obverse 1868 25C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1868 quarter dollar followed the pattern of other Philadelphia Mint issues since 1863. Its mintage was low, and most of these piece did not see domestic circulation when new. It's possible that some returned from circulation overseas (beginning in 1870 Canada commenced a program to expel the millions of USA silver coins in use there). Others were probably shipped to Britain, only to be rendered into bullion. With silver coins still worth more than their equivalent face value in paper money, they could not circulate at par until the price of silver began to fall in the mid 1870s.

Well worn examples do exist, but Mint State pieces survive in disproportionate availability to them. In actual numbers, however, both are rare.

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Last Updated: 10/12/2016

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1868 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 33
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66


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12/8/2004 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2004 December Dallas Signature Sale #277, 277/Lot# 5888 $2,300.00
1/9/2008 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #454, 454/Lot# 1120 $4,887.50
12/2/2010 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2971, 2971/Lot# 1025 $718.75
1/6/2011 NGC XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 547, 554/Lot# 5021 $431.25
10/13/2011 PCGS G 4   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(4), 1160/Lot# 8167 $276.00
7/12/2012 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1172/Lot# 3554 $1,150.00
10/10/2014 PCGS   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14878 $158.63
4/26/2017 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2017 April 26 - 30 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1254/Lot# 3185 $3,995.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1868 25C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base342389477756101811771242130514771582172818181931235226863426487884949211102631486616873
35741857084310711198126313621512163017581855207124632932391060838733956111797155350
00000012631362151216301758185520712463293239106083873395611179700
00000012841419154716791788189322112574317943947288897299121333100
1868 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3143604427099581110117312331398149916391725183422402561327746848200889999251442116384
32938753179210081131119312881431154516671761196923472799374658568433924111423150750
00000011931288143115451667176119692347279937465856843392411142300
00000012131343146515921696179721042454303842157028866695831292200
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