Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 30,900
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2200g
ASW: 0.1800oz
Melt Value: $3.29 (2/24/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1871 S 25C MS obverse 1871 S 25C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Dies were sent to the San Francisco for 1870-S quarter dollars, yet none are known today. It's reported that at least one was produced for the cornerstone of the new mint structure, which was laid that year. Instead, 1871-S is the first S-Mint quarter dollar available to collectors after that of 1869. The number struck this year declined to less than half of 1869's production, and this issue is scarce across all grades. Mint State survivors are genuinely rare.

A single die pair was used for this mintage, and its reverse features the small, wormlike S typical of 1866-73 San Francisco quarters. It is tucked up very tightly, almost touching the arrow feather.

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1871 S 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 26
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 65


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1/9/2005 PCGS VF 25   Teletrade Auction 1985, 1985/Lot# 1170 $852.50
1/23/2006 NGC F 12   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Dallas, TX The Jules Reiver Collection Signature Auction #390, 390/Lot# 21158 $1,265.00
10/23/2006 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 110, 115/Lot# 922 $184.00
10/13/2011 PCGS AG 3   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(4), 1160/Lot# 8174 $517.50
6/4/2014 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1206/Lot# 4459 $7,050.00
3/27/2015 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 5417 $4,406.25
8/12/2015 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(3), 1223/Lot# 4660 $2,115.00
10/28/2015 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 28 Gardner Collection IV US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1229/Lot# 98464 $17,625.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 S 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base87797411101578180820092158229525902765300331493521391246745540543562868302111731531617367
90910191266165418752058220323932648284430513273365141664962554057186958925912554159990
00000022032393264828443051327336514166496255405718695892591255400
000000224924912706292331003397378144205251554060027630102161393500
1871 S 25C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base933103411771665190421132267241027152896314332943679408248675759565165278598115421578117877
96610811339174419732164231425112775297831933422381343435164575959437217957912955164790
00000023142511277529783193342238134343516457595943721795791295500
000000236226132835306032433550394746055461575962357907105601436800
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