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: $2.74 (4/19/2019)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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1893 ISABELLA 25C MS Prooflike
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1893 ISABELLA 25C MS
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Base $ - - 260 300 325 325 375 400 425 460 490 490 560 900 2185 3050 9500 55000 68500 -
$ - - - - 440 - - 520 675 925 2525 6300 15275 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3825
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: 4/16/2019 1893 ISABELLA 25C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------3271038431241---120
----------------11----2
--------------1-------1
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Total----------3271039431351---123
 ----------2 %2 %6 %8 %32 %35 %11 %4 %1 %--- 
1893 ISABELLA 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base112213921221191292242275707861015429138447--3705
------------12-6468---27
-------------12874----22
----------------1311--6
Total112213921221191292242285737881029441151538--3760
 0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %1 %1 %0 %2 %8 %1 %6 %15 %21 %27 %12 %4 %1 %0 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Price
2/19/2007 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2329, 2329/Lot# 1479 $504.00
5/24/2009 PCGS MS 67   Goldberg May 24-27, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 53/Lot# 983 $9,200.00
9/15/2013 PCGS AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 769, 778/Lot# 241 $351.00
9/25/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(8), 1189/Lot# 9761 $763.75
5/5/2014 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3480, 6029/Lot# 20497 $720.28
8/31/2014 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 162414 $1,850.00
1/6/2016 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(8), 1231/Lot# 9204 $1,057.50
6/25/2017 PCGS Genuine UNC   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131727/Lot# 21188 $223.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1893 25C MS ISABELLA Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base648697749806905105610731094113511631204123012801321189520722710304751848910109041
664714768839955106210801108114411771213124712941512195422852822375964269575109040
0000001080110811441177121312471294151219542285282237596426957500
00000010871121115411901221126313071704201324972935447276681023900
1893 25C MS ISABELLA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base604653703754849994101110301070109711351160119312251333163428703984526494151055011047
620670720786897100010171043107911101143117112041261143320463241441166489793107160
0000001017104310791110114311711204126114332046324144116648979300
00000010241057108811221152118212141297153424583613483780311017200
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Grade: MS 69
Points: 10550
Owner: J & L
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 6648
Owner: Gregg Bingham
 
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