Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2200g
ASW: 0.1800oz
Melt Value: $3.05 (12/11/2016)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1870 25C PF obverse 1870 25C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The sudden increase in reported mintage from 1869 to 1870 may have been just a bookkeeping oddity. The lower figures perhaps represented the number of coins sold in complete proof sets, while the higher figures starting this year likely included additional pieces not sold as part of the sets. In any case, there's no significant difference is overall rarity from one date to the next.

The proof dies reveal light pitting, and this is symptomatic of the lower quality control typical of proofs from the 1870s as compared to those of the preceding decade. Gems are rare for this date, and this is especially true of Cameo and Ultra Cameo pieces.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/12/2016

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1870 25C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 425 520 710 1100 1500 3000 4350 8250 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 900 - - 3700 - - -
1870 25C PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 925 1325 1700 3900 6250 9000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - 23500 -
1870 25C PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2800 4900 16800 22000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 3850 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 161
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
10/1/1997 NGC PF 64   Teletrade Auction 0985, 985/Lot# 1382 $790.25
1/25/2004 PCGS PF 62   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 2076 $368.00
9/9/2004 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2004 September Long Beach Signature Sale #355, 355/Lot# 6371 $1,035.00
8/26/2010 NGC PF 67   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 509, 516/Lot# 5244 $10,465.00
1/3/2011 NGC PF 67   Stack's Bowers The January 2011 Tampa Bay Rarities Sale, 70/Lot# 517 $11,500.00
1/3/2012 NGC PF 67   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(6), 1166/Lot# 5740 $5,462.50
7/28/2013 NGC PF 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/28/2013, 85/Lot# 131584 $3,300.00
1/8/2014 NGC PF 67   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1201/Lot# 4190 $15,275.00
1/7/2015 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1216/Lot# 4601 $3,290.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 25C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base194201212223234244255265278423602705745958112414212525344746945521883312959
1962052162272372482582693264836367188161013122317892832386349706625102080
000000258269326483636718816101312231789283238634970662500
000000262274375542671732887106913222157314042785245772900
1870 25C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2092202302412512652752883014566447527941018119215022648360148885853924113533
2132232342442562682792923535196807668691076129518842966403052106982106720
000000279292353519680766869107612951884296640305210698200
000000284297404581716780943113413992266328344595531811200
1870 25C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2372482582722822953083233365027058209081066128816152821344750496286944713744
2412512632752862993133273915707438499611140139720173030398154617340108790
000000313327391570743849961114013972017303039815461734000
0000003183324476377828791013121415062419323845155874839300
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Grade: PF 66 CA
Points: 3601
Owner: SLUGGO
 
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