Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 930
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.15 (5/29/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1885 25C PF obverse 1885 25C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

A single pair of dies produced the proof quarter dollars of 1885. It may be that these dies were faintly out of parallel, as the stars on the right side of the obverse are not as fully as those on the left. Such careless manufacture was in evidence for many U. S. Mint proof coins of this decade, and it aggravates the problem of so-so proofs masquerading as the more valuable currency strikes. Before the diagnostics of these dies were recorded, some mistakes were made by collectors, dealers and catalogers as to particularly deceptive pieces.

Due to heightened interest in the low mintage circulation mintage for this and other dates of the 1880s, proofs seem to have survived in greater proportion to original sales than for pre-1880 coins. While Ultra Cameo proofs remain rare, gems with lesser contrast are readily available.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/12/2016

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1885 25C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - 385 415 500 650 925 1225 2300 3200 6400 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 3400 - -
1885 25C PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 750 1100 1600 2500 3850 7100 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 1835 - - - 22500
1885 25C PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 11750 19750 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - 18000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 258
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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6/27/2005 NGC PF 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 806 $576.15
2/26/2006 PCGS PF 64   Teletrade Auction 2167, 2167/Lot# 1290 $1,288.00
7/8/2010 NGC PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2010 July Orlando, FL (Summer FUN) Signature US Coin Auction #1142, 1142/Lot# 3591 $3,737.50
9/19/2010 PCGS PF 65   Cameo Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 3626 $2,242.50
10/17/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24557 $332.53
11/29/2012 NGC PF 68   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(1), 1177/Lot# 3554 $11,750.00
8/8/2013 PCGS PF 67   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(2), 1188/Lot# 3704 $7,637.50
1/19/2014 PCGS Genuine Proof   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/19/2014, 185/Lot# 164955 $254.10
8/8/2014 NGC PF 65   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 3311 $1,410.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 25C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base251265275288301314330342357532745865891958110313982205291038175158709510053
256268279292305319334347415603785874913100612011667244032124264580480810
000000334347415603785874913100612011667244032124264580400
000000338352474674825882936105513001936267535154711644900
1885 25C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2752883013143273423573723865727949219481018117014782316304739845367735810392
279292305318332347362377448646836930971106912731757256033594445603183690
000000362377448646836930971106912731757256033594445603100
000000367381510720879939995111913752037280336724906669400
1885 25C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base30431733334836337839240942662786399910281103126415902472323842175656772410866
30832233835336838339841549370690810091053115713731884272735644697634587710
00000039841549370690810091053115713731884272735644697634500
00000040342056078495410181078121014812178298338915176703500
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Grade: PF 66 CAMEO
Points: 3047
Owner: mtayl03
 
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