Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 12,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.33 (2/26/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1889 25C MS obverse 1889 25C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This issue is similar to others of the 1880s in that it was coined as a convenience to collectors and to discourage speculation in the proofs. As it is, many pieces were preserved in Mint State, while few worn examples are found. The rarity of both categories is roughly similar which is, of course, not the norm for coins that went into widespread circulation.

A single pair of dies produced this limited mintage. Most seen are well struck overall, with some deficiencies in the stars. Semi-prooflike fields are not unusual, but these lack the depth of reflectivity to actually be certified as PL.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/12/2016

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1889 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 250 330 400 470 530 550 575 680 700 725 765 845 965 1300 1875 2650 5800 18000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 169
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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Grade
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Price
9/10/1993 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions NGC East Coast Expo Bullet Sale #114, 114/Lot# 255 $770.00
7/9/2007 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2392, 2392/Lot# 1374 $2,016.00
2/19/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 337, 343/Lot# 5685 $948.75
5/29/2011 NGC MS 67   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 752 $4,600.00
2/2/2012 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1167/Lot# 3487 $3,737.50
2/3/2014 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1202/Lot# 7597 $544.03
5/4/2014 NGC MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/04/2014, 169/Lot# 189524 $986.70
6/23/2014 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 23 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection of US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1213/Lot# 30401 $5,434.38
8/13/2015 NGC MS 68   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 10091 $9,106.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base510575776820874974997102110761114116612011248138116091852250130234077577162258537
5316427908389079811005103910881131117712161292145716902068267533744641592269950
0000001005103910881131117712161292145716902068267533744641592200
0000001013105711011148118912321336153317712284284937255206607300
1889 25C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base54661582887493010341059108411421181123712721321146016971950262331644252599764648839
56968684389296410421067110311551199124812881367153917812174280335264833615272550
0000001067110311551199124812881367153917812174280335264833615200
0000001075112211681218126013041413161818652398298338895415630800
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Grade: MS 68
Points: 5771
Owner: Green Collection
 
Grade: VF 20
Points: 874
Owner: CBC
 
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