Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 24,191
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.25g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $4.62 (1/26/2021)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1893 ISABELLA 25C MS obverse 1893 ISABELLA 25C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1893 Isabella Quarter was the second commemorative coin issued by the United States and was also created for the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The coin was produced at the insistence of a prominent woman of the Chicago social scene, Mrs. Potter Palmer, who was also on the Board of Lady Managers for the Exposition.

This Board, which was formed with help from Susan B. Anthony, was formed to ensure there would be female voices in the planning of the fair. Mrs. Palmer suggested that $10,000 of the funds appropriated to this board be issued in the form of commemorative quarters containing a female motif. After much back and forth between the Treasury Department and the board, the designs were finally chosen; a young Queen Isabella on the obverse and a woman kneeling while holding a distaff on the reverse. This coin was to be the first issued by the United States to depict a foreign Monarch.

Unfortunately for the ladies, the Columbian Exposition Half Dollar featuring Christopher Columbus on the obverse and the Santa Maria on the reverse, took much of the wind out of the sales of the Isabella quarter. The price undoubtedly didn’t help, as the quarter cost a dollar, the same as the Columbian half dollar. While the maximum mintage of 40,000 was struck, 15,809 were melted, for a total mintage of 24,191 not including assay pieces. This low mintage (only 1.6% of the number of commemorative halves distributed) accounts for the coins’ scarcity today.

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Last Updated: 1/31/2020

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1893 25C ISABELLA MS PL
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1893 25C ISABELLA MS
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Base $ - - 240 275 300 320 365 380 415 450 475 480 560 700 1850 2300 7200 55000 68500 -
$ - - - - 425 - - 510 615 785 2100 5500 14750 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3889
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68

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, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 1/26/2021 1893 25C ISABELLA MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------3271138431241---121
----------------11----2
--------------11------2
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Total----------3271139441351---125
 ----------2%2%6%9%31%35%10%4%1%--- 
1893 25C ISABELLA MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1132141021221198303232335857961025424142477--3768
------------12-6468---27
-------------13888----28
----------------1311--6
Total1132141021221198303232345887991039437159568--3829
 0%0%0%0%0%0%1%1%0%3%8%1%6%15%21%27%11%4%1%0%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1893 25C ISABELLA MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6156637097528268748939119931018107611311170117712911472336536334674102551106511936
63167872377784288089993810011037109411441172121513512103345439806534105251135512533
000000899938100110371094114411721215135121033454398065341052500
000000905966101010571113115711751253141227343544432783951079500
1893 25C ISABELLA MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base57562066370577482083885693395810131066110311101219139323682643448599181070811558
590634677728789826844882941976103110781105114612771718246032576296101811099112136
0000008448829419761031107811051146127717182460325762961018100
0000008509079509951048109111081183133520432551387181071044500
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Grade: MS 69
Points: 10708
Owner: J & L
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 6296
Owner: Gregg Bingham
 
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