Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 83,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2200g
ASW: 0.1800oz
Melt Value: $4.95 (5/12/2021)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1872 S 25C MS obverse 1872 S 25C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Despite a higher mintage than several preceding San Francisco Mint quarter dollars, the 1872-S entry is the rarest from this mint in the entire Seated Liberty series. It's almost a certainty that a large percentage of these coins had not been distributed when a change in the weight standard prompted their destruction as obsolete coinage. This new law was passed in February of 1873, but it did not become effective until April 1. Sometime after that date the remaining coins of the old standard would have been melted.

Examples are very scarce to rare across all grades, with even heavily worn pieces commanding substantial prices. Just a few Mint State coins are known, though at least one is a gem.

The mintmark style which debuted when the motto was added in 1866 continued into this year, and it may be that enough reverse dies were shipped to San Francisco that first year that the same batch was still being drawn upon for 1872's production.

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Last Updated: 10/31/2016

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1872 S 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 2000 3250 4150 5450 6900 10900 11500 13750 15500 17500 19000 20500 28000 - - 100000 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 22
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 67

The chart showing PrAg series, 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, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/11/2021 1872 S 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base13-3321--1---1321-1---22
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Total13-3321--1---1321-1---22
 5%14%-14%14%9%5%--5%---5%14%9%5%-5%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 S 25C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base129314231847286334964554471148605144532055675722593864286902805193361202315484175521981722291
1336156421853074384846064760495452025402561857946101658672858479102311317616173183072064123406
00000047604954520254025618579461016586728584791023113176161731830700
00000048105049526154845670586662646744766889071112714330168621906200
1872 S 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base122113451753273233454370452246664942511353535503571361906651776990221164315026170491926621690
126214812079293636864420457047584999519354035573587263437023818698951277015700177882007422775
0000004570475849995193540355735872634370238186989512770157001778800
00000046184850505652735453564360316497739686041076913898163741852700
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Grade: XF 40
Points: 4370
Owner: jaebardoc
 
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