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: $4.73 (4/22/2021)
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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Last Updated: 10/31/2016

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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: 43
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 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 1870 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--129433-26--41422----43
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Total--129433-26--41422----43
 --2%5%21%9%7%7%-5%14%--9%2%9%5%5%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 25C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base194223255398568874983108412881410157416761876206327403823475060318905133422026222776
20323330245467091010161152132814641608174219382288310141325177698910384156482110023915
000000101611521328146416081742193822883101413251776989103841564800
000000105012201369151916421809200025143462444156047947118631795500
1870 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base212230248423684908990108112261363170718861969219726993902475658188601129371970322171
21823630651075893510201129127114771766191320452364310041865110674510046151922052523280
000000102011291271147717661913204523643100418651106745100461519200
000000105011771317159218261941212125313501447154647673114911744700
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1707
Owner: jlmjjhac
 
Grade: XF Details
Points: 454
Owner: Nolan
 
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