Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 140,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $4.68 (4/19/2021)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1878 S 25C MS obverse 1878 S 25C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This was the final emission of quarter dollars from the San Francisco Mint for the next ten years. The number of quarters in circulation was greater than needed in 1878, and this remained true generally until 1891. It's possible that some of this issue was withheld from release and melted as redundant under such circumstances, and this is certainly possible given how rare are survivors.

Just a single pair of dies was utilized for this small mintage, and the reverse features the Medium S of 1875-77. This die was severely overpolished, leaving a shallowness to several design features. The feathers of the eagle's right (viewer's left) leg were partially obliterated as a result. This reduction of depth is especially noticeable on heavily worn coins. 1878-S quarters are very scarce to rare in all grades, and Mint State coins are extremely rare.

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Last Updated: 8/14/2019

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1878 S 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 285 380 550 850 1175 1800 1950 2100 2500 3200 3450 5000 7050 9000 15500 20000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 37
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 65

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/13/2021 1878 S 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1-121-41-24-34464-----37
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Total1-121-41-24-34464-----37
 3%-3%5%3%-11%3%-5%11%-8%11%11%16%11%----- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 S 25C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base389442568752103414961649178921132301255227042919347043005615614464299021128791869021061
4064846298461188154716951897217523842602277531023746473857916239729310307148161948022114
000000169518972175238426022775310237464738579162397293103071481600
000000174220052238246826532847328640235176596763348157115931675300
1878 S 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base36040952970597414161563169720092190243325792786331941235399591461918715124791816320485
376449587794112114651607180120692271248126482963358745485570600670329969143731893721509
00000016071801206922712481264829633587454855706006703299691437300
000000165219052129235225302717314138554973574260987873112241626800
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 2433
Owner: jlmjjhac
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 2190
Owner: jaebardoc
 
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