Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 118,200
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2200g
ASW: 0.1800oz
Melt Value: $4.95 (5/15/2021)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1871 25C MS obverse 1871 25C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Starting in 1870 the Philadelphia Mint's production of silver coins began to creep upward, following several years of very low production. This was aided in part by the declining price of silver bullion that led to several nations dropping their bimetallic standards in favor of a sole gold standard. This led to large withdrawls of silver coins in those countries which further eroded the international price for silver. The remainder of the decade would see a rapid increase in the coining of fractional silver coins by the United States Mint, a trend which did not end until 1878.

The combining of four obverse dies with two reverses resulted in a total of four die marriages for this issue. Clumsy die preparation resulted in two of the obverses having letters BER of LIBERTY partially polished away. None of these varieties is of much interest.

This issue is moderately scarce across all grades, though Mint State examples are more available than for any other issue since the mid 1860s. Any pieces that were still on hand at the mint would have been melted after the new standard became effective in 1873.

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Last Updated: 10/31/2016

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1871 25C MS
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Base $ 45.00 65.00 85.00 170 375 460 525 600 675 765 825 1075 1650 4850 7850 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 51
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 65

The chart showing 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/11/2021 1871 25C MS
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Base-1227442122-46463-----50
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Total-1227442122-46463-----50
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1871 25C MS PL
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 25C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base139163201241398815930103412291345150216001857203823453431498857088669133312074123299
1471752142935378539641099126713971534168519172140270739505228669510223158012159324464
00000096410991267139715341685191721402707395052286695102231580100
00000099911641306144915671771197722423069446954687682117771827100
1871 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12714718322036976487497411601271142315151762193622333281479054908371129212017122677
133159195269500800907103611971321145315971820203525823784502364509887153372100623811
0000009071036119713211453159718202035258237845023645098871533700
00000094010981234137214841679187821342931428752567410114041775400
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1423
Owner: jlmjjhac
 
Grade: VF 35
Points: 369
Owner: Moxking
 
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