Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,216,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.07 (12/5/2019)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1888 S 25C MS obverse 1888 S 25C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

In the years 1879-90 this issue was the only quarter dollar coined in large number for general circulation and the only not struck at the Philadelphia Mint. It's quite popular with collectors for this very distinctiveness.

Larry Briggs identified numerous die pairs, all the reverses of which feature the Medium S mintmark used previous during the latter 1870s. Well struck examples are available, but many seen have shallow reverse rims and the letters BER of LIBERTY obliterated from overpolishing of the dies. In overall numbers the 1888-S quarter is fairly common, including a generous quantity of certified Mint State coins.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/30/2019

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1888 S 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 28.00 32.00 37.00 62.00 120 210 235 260 320 390 455 585 875 1620 3800 9000 28500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 1100 1950 4900 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 151
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/3/2019 1888 S 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base4-3281247618-82116341232---151
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Total4-3281247618-82117341232---152
 3 %-2 %1 %5 %1 %1 %3 %5 %4 %12 %-5 %14 %11 %22 %8 %2 %1 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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9/27/2000 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1362, 1362/Lot# 1244 $463.25
2/24/2003 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 429 $379.50
7/16/2007 NGC AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 159, 164/Lot# 852 $138.00
12/1/2013 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/01/2013, 103/Lot# 154445 $597.05
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1201/Lot# 4172 $9,987.50
5/19/2014 NGC VF 35   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3482, 6031/Lot# 20182 $88.13
6/27/2014 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 1372 $1,410.00
2/22/2015 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131509/Lot# 21764 $146.88


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1888 S 25C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8910211513918329546160075684997510541084131416002162409952107141113041802928992
9310612315322035050765278789110011064116014091787280744695853852813545216830
0000005076527878911001106411601409178728074469585385281354500
0000005537048189331027107412371504197434534839649799161578700
1888 S 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base81941021271672724295607097989189931021124015152056392950066883109411751528261
85961101402023244726097388389431002109413311695268042885631823513132210970
000000472609738838943100210941331169526804288563182351313200
000000516659768878968101111671423187533044647625795881532300
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Grade: AU 50
Points: 560
Owner: ddr70
 
Grade: AU Details
Points: 280
Owner: Moxking
 
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