Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 960
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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1871 25C PF obverse 1871 25C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The proofs of this date often display the lessened workmanship typical of 1870s proofs as compared to those of the preceding decade. Among the flaws, as made, are raised lumps from pitting of the dies and missing design elements from excessive or clumsy polishing. Also seen on some proofs is sinking of the reverse die, perhaps from improper heat treatment.

Larry Briggs identified just a single pair of dies for proofs, but Walter Breen asserted that two obverses were used. One has the overpolishing of Liberty's scroll that leaves letters BER shallow, and the other has this feature distinct. The first die has broad bases to the two numerals 1 with 71 nearly touching, while the second has narrower bases that are well separated.

Gems are very scarce for this date, with more than the usual number of proofs found lightly circulated. These may be unsold coins that were dumped into circulation by the mint at the end of the year. Cameo examples are very scarce, and Ultra Cameo proofs are great rarities.

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Last Updated: 10/31/2016

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1871 25C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 415 520 710 1075 1500 3500 4000 6600 17000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 5300 - -
1871 25C PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 925 1375 1800 3700 5450 8500 - - -
1871 25C PF UC
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2900 4000 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 150
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/20/2021 1871 25C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------24720292917841--121
----------------1-----1
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Total----------24720292918841--122
 ----------2%3%6%16%24%24%15%7%3%1%-- 
1871 25C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1397421---27
-----------------11---2
---------------1------1
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Total------------1398432---30
 ------------3%10%30%27%13%10%7%--- 
1871 25C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------1-1-----2
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Total--------------1-1-----2
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 25C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2092202302412512652752883014566447527941018119214782569360148885853920013476
21322323424425626827929235351968076686910761287184229134030521069691062514150
000000279292353519680766869107612871842291340305210696900
000000284297404581716780943113413832205325744595531808400
1871 25C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base237248258272282295308323336502705820908958128815902737381750496286969714188
24125126327528629931332739157074384992510681389197230974228546174231119414897
000000313327391570743849925106813891972309742285461742300
000000318332447637782879941117814892355345746385874856000
1871 25C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base194201212223234244255265278423602705745958112413982448344746945521879412904
19620521622723724825826932648363671881610131215174827813863497066121016413549
000000258269326483636718816101312151748278138634970661200
000000262274375542671732887106913072098311442785245770300
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Grade: PF 66 CA
Points: 3601
Owner: SLUGGO
 
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