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: $3.21 (1/24/2020)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1868 S 25C MS obverse 1868 S 25C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

San Francisco coinage of quarter dollars exactly doubled that of 1867, and this issue is thus more often seen. Well worn examples are scarce but not rare. Coins grading XF and higher, however, are indeed rare, with gems all but unknown. Most have weak denticles, particularly on the reverse. This oddity is seen on the S-Mint halves of this period, too, and it clearly reflects poor finishing of the dies.

The small, wormlike mintmark used since adoption of the motto IN GOD WE TRUST required a new shipment of reverse dies continued into 1868. Indeed, this style of mintmark became the standard for a San Francisco Mint quarters 1866-73. The raised line within its lower loop seen on 1866-67 quarters is not found on 1868-S pieces. This reveals that a different die was used this year, though it was clearly from the same batch as the other.

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Last Updated: 6/14/2019

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1868 S 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 185 335 550 820 1500 1880 2250 2850 4000 5000 6250 7500 9375 14250 19500 28000 72500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 17000 23000 - 110000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 45
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 66

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, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 1/21/2020 1868 S 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base231311531113--34121----45
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Total231311531113--34121----45
 4%7%2%7%24%11%7%2%2%2%7%--7%9%2%4%2%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1868 S 25C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3043515398721200163320502388280930503369356039164445505456966527726919335297223304836641
3194136509811344177221622528288931563432367840924648526859736774112912279730830342450
0000002162252828893156343236784092464852685973677411291227973083000
0000002275266829693262349637974268485154826250702115313262593193900
1868 S 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2823235028181131154719492274268129133221340637514264485554786286700818794289783224235772
2953826079221269168120572409275830153282352139224461506257476526109362218830066334180
0000002057240927583015328235213922446150625747652610936221883006600
0000002165254528353118334436364093465852706016676714865255833115400
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