Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 800
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $4.75 (4/22/2021)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1878 25C PF obverse 1878 25C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Walter Breen reported that 1232 proofs were coined, with only 800 delivered. The term "delivered" refers to a transfer from the coiner to the medals department, which had control of proof coin sales. The other 432 coins were probably determined to be unfit for purchase and were destroyed (Larry Briggs observed that the proofs of this date were "very sloppily made"). Of the 800 pieces available for purchase, only 677 were sold, while the remainder were reportedly dumped into circulation.

1878 proof quarter dollars are a bit scarcer than several of the preceding dates, the sole exception being 1875. This fact, combined with clumsy polishing of the dies, account for the small population of gems.

A single obverse die was paired with two reverses, one of them being the Type 1 die used for each date since 1872. The prevalence of so many different dates having a single reverse die shared among them hints at possible restriking of these coins a few years afterward, but this is impossible to prove.

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Last Updated: 10/31/2016

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1878 25C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - 385 415 500 675 950 1300 2275 3500 6500 27500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 2375 3850 - -
1878 25C PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 750 1200 1700 3050 4100 - - - -
1878 25C PF UC
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 26500 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 197
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/20/2021 1878 25C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------5121944541682---160
----------------11-1--3
---------------111----3
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Total-----------512194455181021--166
 -----------3%7%11%27%33%11%6%1%1%-- 
1878 25C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------3459871---37
---------------1------1
---------------1------1
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Total------------34511871---39
 ------------8%10%13%28%21%18%3%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 25C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2092202302412512652752883014566447527941018117015312316314943195367802711577
2132232342442562682792923535196807668691069129017932594353946686254921012156
000000279292353519680766869106912901793259435394668625400
000000284297404581716780943111914112054287139295018714000
1878 25C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2372482582722822953083233365027058208651103126416472472334545655656841712087
2412512632752862993133273915707438359441157139219222763375249296576964012691
000000313327391570743835944115713921922276337524929657600
0000003183324476377828501024121015192197305441585292749700
1878 25C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base194201212223234244255265278423602705745958110314502205300941415158774611208
1962052162272372482582693264836367188161006121917022473338644806021890011768
000000258269326483636718816100612191702247333864480602100
000000262274375542671732887105513341953274137644819688300
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Grade: PF 66 CA
Points: 3149
Owner: SLUGGO
 
Grade: PF 65 CA
Points: 2316
Owner: Colt45
 
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