Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 975
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $4.70 (6/21/2021)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1881 25C PF obverse 1881 25C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

This issue is relatively plentiful, and a generous number of coins have been certified as Cameo. On the other hand, Ultra Cameo examples are quite rare.

A single pair of dies produced the 1881 proof quarter dollars, and its obverse reveals repunching of numeral 88. By itself, this feature is not important, but it does play a role in distinguishing between proofs and currency strikes, which often look quite similar. The low mintages for circulating issues from 1879 through 1890 meant that their dies didn't develop the frosty luster typical of mass produced coins. At the same time, the Mint was sometimes a bit careless in making proofs during the 1880s, and there may be little difference in appearance between the two editions.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Last Updated: 10/31/2016

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1881 25C PF
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Base $ - - - - - 345 350 365 385 415 500 650 925 1250 2300 3200 5750 16000 - -
1881 25C PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 750 1225 1600 2650 3450 7900 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 1800 - 4300 - 41100
1881 25C PF UC
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 13500 36500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 282
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/15/2021 1881 25C PF
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Base---------112131839693725157--227
--------------1---11--3
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Total---------112131840693826168--232
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1881 25C PF CA
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Base------------1381610931--51
--------------1-1-11--4
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Total------------1391711942--56
 ------------2%5%16%30%20%16%7%4%-- 
1881 25C PF UC
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Base------------------4---4
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Total------------------4---4
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 25C PF CA
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Base2652752883013143273423573725517688939301018117014782316304739845367740710487
2682792923053183323473624326238109059591069127317572560335944456047843411011
000000347362432623810905959106912731757256033594445604700
000000352367491696851918989111913752037280336724906672700
1881 25C PF UC
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Base29530832033634836338139541260783897110101103126415902472323842175656777310958
29931232534035336938640147768488298410411157137318842727356446976362883511506
0000003864014776848829841041115713731884272735644697636200
0000003904065427619279971072121014812178298338915176706700
1881 25C PF
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Base244255265278292304317330345515721838874958110313982205291038175158714210144
2482582692832963083213354025847608509021006120116672440321242645819814310651
000000321335402584760850902100612011667244032124264581900
000000326340458652799862930105513001936267535154711648100
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Grade: PF 68 CA
Points: 6047
Owner: SLUGGO
 
Grade: PF 65
Points: 2205
Owner: MikeyLikesIt!
 
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