Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 8,596,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.12 (5/25/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1876 S 25C MS obverse 1876 S 25C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

San Francisco's contribution to fulfilling the terms of the Specie Resumption Act of 1875 led to more than ten times the number of quarter dollars struck there in 1876 over the previous year. Examples are thus common across all grades, with Mint State coins being only moderately scarce. Enough gems are known that this issue is of interest to both type collectors and series specialists. The pressure to make so many coins led to some carelessness in die maintenance, and buyers should avoid examples from rusted dies and die that were severely overpolished to remove signs of rust, erosion and cracking.

Many dozens were required for such a large production, and all but one of the reverses were taken from the Type 2 hub with letters TAT of STATES clearly separated. The Type 1 Reverse is thus rare, though of limited interest to general collectors. At least two misplaced date (MPD) varieties are known, these being discovered subsequent to publication of the Briggs book. (This class of variety was just becoming a source of interest at that time, and few persons were yet looking for them.)

Most 1876-S quarter display the oddly named Medium, Small S, which is quite small and symmetrical. A few feature the Medium S mintmark that would become the predominant one for 1877-78.

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Last Updated: 10/12/2016

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1876 S 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 25.00 28.00 35.00 40.00 85.00 160 175 225 265 315 360 390 645 950 2250 5000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 311
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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9/10/2006 NGC MS 64   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1540 $690.00
12/11/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 3187, 3187/Lot# 2161 $368.00
2/2/2012 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1167/Lot# 3481 $776.25
9/6/2012 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1174/Lot# 3856 $4,993.75
3/9/2014 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 794, 803/Lot# 723 $2,411.00
7/13/2014 NGC XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/13/2014, 203/Lot# 205512 $76.99
7/11/2014 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5805 $505.25
10/31/2016 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 31 - November 2 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1241/Lot# 7377 $575.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1876 S 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base81941021271472583895026096747648208539741193157824263435381769991087817087
85961101331843014265376307047828318931047132118602762356248778292129470
000000426537630704782831893104713211860276235624877829200
000000464573652734801842933112014492143309836895938958500
1876 S 25C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8910211513916328242053965071981587490810341264166525463589398472601123917591
931061231472023284595766737518348859501110139719582893372050768586133560
000000459576673751834885950111013971958289337205076858600
000000499613696783854896992118715312252324138526168991200
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 2762
Owner: Malibu Collector
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1578
Owner: jhd
 
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