Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 10,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.11 (9/20/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1887 25C MS obverse 1887 25C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

In 1887 the Treasury was still working down its vast supply of quarter dollars dated 1878 and earlier, so there was only a token mintage of these coins that year. Some 10,000 coins were considered enough to satisfy collectors and those seeking to present them as gifts on special occasions. They also served as a deterrent to undesirable speculation in the proofs of this date, a practice of which the U. S. Mint had become wary following the proof-only minor coin issues of 1877-78.

This was another year in which the quality of proof quarters was a bit deficient, while the limited number of currency strikes were somewhat prooflike or satiny in finish. Therefore, it may be necessary to identify the die pair used when distinguishing between these two editions. Fortunately, the obverse die of the currency strikes bears a distinctive scratch through Liberty's shield, as described by Larry Briggs in his book The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of United States Liberty Seated Quarters.

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Last Updated: 10/12/2016

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1887 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 290 365 425 525 600 700 735 785 800 815 860 1100 1225 1525 2300 3200 8100 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 1725 2750 3500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 100
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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12/12/2011 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 3188, 3188/Lot# 2181 $2,700.00
2/5/2015 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 1533 $5,287.50
4/22/2015 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1219/Lot# 4135 $7,050.00
6/4/2015 PCGS XF 45   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1221/Lot# 7481 $881.25
8/12/2015 PCGS XF 45   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1223/Lot# 7569 $705.00
8/12/2015 PCGS MS 62   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1223/Lot# 7571 $998.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1887 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base58165370578790511101131115212131252130913451393146116091936261433074914515861418217
60567073282697311171138117212261271132113611415151017182162284538424995548568330
0000001138117212261271132113611415151017182162284538424995548500
0000001145119212391290133313771438155918272388307643785076581300
1887 25C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base62269975283896211771198122112841325138414231472154316972038274034575115536763788511
647716780879103311841205124212971344139714391495159418102272297940095199570470890
0000001205124212971344139714391495159418102272297940095199570400
0000001213126313111364141014551519164519242506321845625283604100
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