Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Quarters (1838-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 68,000
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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1891 O 25C MS obverse 1891 O 25C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Reactivated in 1879 primarily for the coining and storage of silver dollars produced under the Bland-Allison Act, the New Orleans Mint had not struck quarter dollars since 1860. Its small contribution for 1891 produced an immediate rarity that is particularly elusive in Mint State.

Three die pairs have been identified by Larry Briggs for this issue. The O mintmark seems to be from the same punch for all three, though on his Reverse B it is punched to a greater depth and thus appears broader. Like most Seated Liberty Quarters of the Motto subtype, Liberty's head is a bit weak at its top on many seen, and some of the stars may lack full centrils.

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Last Updated: 10/12/2016

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1891 O 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 37
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 68


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11/29/1999 PCGS FA 2   Teletrade Auction 1241, 1241/Lot# 1343 $35.97
2/2/2012 PCGS VG 10   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1167/Lot# 8209 $690.00
2/2/2012 NGC Details VG Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1167/Lot# 8208 $322.00
7/12/2012 PCGS VF 20   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1172/Lot# 3579 $1,437.50
8/31/2014 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 216051 $1,850.00
10/10/2014 PCGS G 6   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14895 $340.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1891 O 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base58465597411521321212422432355257427072893300934063683474859397361928613275192922847331696
607761103312081588216322802428261827692931314134984038514564138002106151528022352295470
0000002280242826182769293131413498403851456413800210615152802235200
0000002317250126622831297032733590439355426887864411945172862541200
1891 O 25C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base624701103412211397223323562472269928373029314935603845494561717631960813694198432920732491
649812109612791675227423942547274529013069328636554211535366578290109701574322964303010
0000002394254727452901306932863655421153536657829010970157432296400
0000002433262327912965310934233750457857627144894912332177932608500
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