Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,292,800
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.25 (2/21/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1875 25C MS obverse 1875 25C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Passed January 14, 1875, the Specie Resumption Act called for the replacement of the fractional paper notes in use since 1862 with silver dimes, quarters and halves. The notes were to be redeemed at par, as the price of silver had fallen enough in the past few years that these coins no longer traded at a premium to paper. With millions of dollars of fractional notes outstanding, this redemption resulted in a huge upswing in the numbers of fractional silver pieces being coined. Thus, the mintage 1875(P) quarter dollars was nearly ten times that of the previous date.

This issue is common in lower grades, with better circulated pieces being just slightly scarce. Mint State examples are plentiful, and gems are available in sufficient number to satisfy advanced collectors of this series. Most seen are well struck, too.

Many dies were required for such a large production, and the reverse dies were created from either one of two hubs. The older one, in use since 1866, has broad bases to the letters TAT in STATES that nearly touch one another. The new hub, which debuted this year, has shorter bases to those letters, which are distinctly separated. In his book The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of United States Liberty Seated Quarters, Larry Briggs observed that there is no difference in rarity between these reverse styles for 1875(P). The only variety of interest is one having the tops of duplicate numerals 87 within the denticles below the date.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/12/2016

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1875 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 25.00 28.00 35.00 40.00 85.00 160 175 225 265 315 360 400 625 950 2000 3050 9500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 336
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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3/3/2003 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2003 February Long Beach Bullet Sale #315, 315/Lot# 635 $550.85
5/18/2003 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1725, 1725/Lot# 1108 $2,145.00
5/31/2004 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 2891 $518.00
4/7/2013 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131316/Lot# 24636 $115.15
11/10/2013 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131347/Lot# 26081 $223.25
3/28/2014 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 5282 $1,410.00
8/31/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 127869 $145.00
11/16/2014 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 830, 839/Lot# 1029 $1,451.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1875 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base81941021271512623895025796296977418209251193151524072980409566261025716053
85961101351883044265275956517117678551014130018122598335149387836121890
000000426527595651711767855101413001812259833514938783600
000000464553612674726793890110314072109278937235782904600
1875 25C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base891021151391672854205396206727457918749831264160025263119427168771060316535
931061231482063304595666376967608189101076137619082723350351398119125800
000000459566637696760818910107613761908272335035139811900
000000499593654720775846946117014882217292138876008936100
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 4095
Owner: jhd
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 1081
Owner: micbraun
 
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