Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 13,600
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.02 (6/24/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1879 25C MS obverse 1879 25C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The redundancy of fractional silver coins in circulation that developed in 1876-77 caused a drop-off in new production during 1878 and a near total suspension of minting 1879-90. It took that many years to draw down on the Treasury's reserve of quarter dollars. During this period the Philadelphia Mint continued to strike modest quantities of each date to accommodate requests from those giving them as gifts, a popular source of demand as the year-end holidays approached. These coins also served to prevent undesirable speculation in what otherwise would have been proof-only issues. This practice was only partly effective, as speculators also targeted the non-proof strikings for their very low mintages. A very high percentage of the 1879-90 quarter dollars survives, with most of these coins being Mint State or nearly so. Worn pieces are actually more rare, and this keeps the spread in values from Good to Mint State far flatter than seen for issues that circulated widely.

The entire mintage of 1879 quarter dollars was achieved with a single pair of dies and, most likely, in a single day. This issue typically displays satiny or semi-prooflike surfaces, and some weakness of striking is evident at Liberty's head and the adjacent stars.




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Last Updated: 10/12/2016

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1879 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 250 315 365 475 540 560 580 650 670 730 850 930 975 1275 2250 2750 5850 26000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 1325 2350 3600 7350 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 207
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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10/21/1996 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 0886, 886/Lot# 1441 $1,242.00
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1132 $2,530.00
12/2/2012 PCGS MS 67   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 728, 737/Lot# 10067 $5,900.00
10/10/2014 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14884 $411.25
1/6/2016 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(7), 1231/Lot# 7890 $1,410.00
2/4/2016 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2016 February 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1232/Lot# 7322 $705.00
1/4/2017 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2017 January 4 - 9 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Session(2), 1251/Lot# 3952 $3,995.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4715327057648749741021106611391186125312961416151516291936244530383981552665009027
4915897248009079891036109011541208126713361449155317312105264233524496585073420
0000001036109011541208126713361449155317312105264233524496585000
0000001051111411701230128113761482159118332275284036665011617500
1879 25C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base50557075281593010341084113112081256132613711496160017182038256531794153574667479342
52663077385396410501099115612241279134114121530163918242213276935034684607976120
0000001099115612241279134114121530163918242213276935034684607900
0000001115118212401302135614541565167819312389297438285215641300
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