Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 86,400
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2200g
ASW: 0.1800oz
Melt Value: $3.13 (5/28/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1870 25C MS obverse 1870 25C MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

Though the mintage of 1870(P) quarter dollars is low in a general sense, it is nonetheless the highest figure at the Philadelphia Mint since 1864. This issue may have been coined late in the year, as the single die pair employed reveals rust on both sides. This is most pronounced on the Liberty figure, but rust is evident also within the vertical lines of the shield. It's likely that the fields of the dies rusted, too, but this was removed by polishing that left a distinctive pattern of raised lines on the coins struck from them.

Well worn examples are moderately scarce, but this entry becomes rare in the higher circulated grades. Mint State coins are very rare, though a few gems have been certified.

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1870 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 60.00 75.00 145 285 370 560 675 775 1175 1375 1475 1975 2800 5250 8250 12000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 33
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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1/6/2010 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2010 January Orlando, FL FUN US Coin Auction #1136, 1136/Lot# 879 $4,025.00
8/4/2010 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 2901, 2901/Lot# 1249 $437.00
9/7/2011 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1159/Lot# 3404 $1,495.00
7/12/2012 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1172/Lot# 3557 $1,092.50
1/26/2014 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/26/2014, 165/Lot# 167705 $776.60
1/26/2014 PCGS Genuine UNC   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1098 $616.88


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base212230248423684908990108112261363170718861969219726993902475658188601129371970322171
2182363065107589351020112912711477176619132045236431004186511067451004615192205250
000000102011291271147717661913204523643100418651106745100461519200
000000105011771317159218261941212125313501447154647673114911744700
1870 25C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base194223255398568874983108412881410157416761876206327403823475060318905133422026222776
2032333024546709101016115213281464160817421938228831014132517769891038415648211000
000000101611521328146416081742193822883101413251776989103841564800
000000105012201369151916421809200025143462444156047947118631795500
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