Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 10,001
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.04 (12/2/2016)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1888 25C MS obverse 1888 25C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Though it has a mintage similar to that of the 1887 quarter dollar, this year's issue seems to be a little more available. It may be that not every coin made was actually issued, since the quarters of 1879-90 were struck merely as a service to those seeking examples and were not really needed for commerce. There are a number of unanswered questions regarding this lost decade.

Most survivors are Mint State or nearly so, with heavily worn pieces being rare. This date is a little less likely than the ones immediately preceding to have prooflike fields, and it thus looks more like the currency striking that it is. As was typical of these small mintages, just a single pair of dies was used, with another pair being reserved for the proofs.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/12/2016

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1888 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 285 365 425 525 615 660 680 710 750 810 840 900 1025 1275 2050 2600 7350 29000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 2850 7750 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 114
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Price
2/28/2001 NGC XF 40   Teletrade Auction 1412, 1412/Lot# 1207 $370.60
2/24/2003 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 428 $3,105.00
12/2/2010 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2010 December Houston Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1147/Lot# 3541 $2,530.00
2/16/2012 PCGS MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 663, 670/Lot# 9201 $3,289.00
2/28/2012 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 3085 $2,990.00
2/24/2013 NGC AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/24/2013, 63/Lot# 51095 $507.95
3/21/2013 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions 2013 March 21 -22 & 24 US Coin Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1183/Lot# 7578 $528.75
10/18/2015 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131543/Lot# 27319 $391.28


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1888 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base50557069276497410661088111011771219128113211369139314502001248331724117619067598084
526610716834100410731095113211911239129413371377141216332161271234874808637972000
0000001095113211911239129413371377141216332161271234874808637900
0000001102115412051260130713531385143118172322294238025499656900
1888 25C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base541611739815103411311153117712461291135513971447147215312105260433174293642870138374
564653764888106611381161120012611312136914131455149117222271284136425004662374660
0000001161120012611312136914131455149117222271284136425004662300
0000001169122312761333138314301463151119132437307939675716681800
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 4117
Owner: jhd
 
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