Coin Specifications

Category: Standing Liberty Quarters (1916-1930)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 396,000
Obverse Designer: Hermon A. MacNeil
Reverse Designer: Hermon A. MacNeil
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $4.54 (3/5/2021)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1927 S 25C MS obverse 1927 S 25C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Quarter dollar production plunged at the San Francisco Mint in 1927 to only one-seventh the number of pieces struck there the year before. The reason for this is unknown, as the economy was very robust at the time. Though certainly a scarce coin across all grades, the rarity of this issue in lower grades has been overestimated on the basis of its mintage alone. The recessed date permitted the hoarding of examples from circulation as late as 1960, and 1927-S quarters are rare only in grades XF and higher.

Mint State survivors are indeed rare, and nearly all such coins are poorly struck in one or more features. The overall poor quality typical of San Francisco Mint coins during this period has contributed to the extreme rarity of certified Full Head specimens. This is the single most difficult regular entry in the Standing Liberty series to find with Full Head, only the 1918/7-S overdate being more rare as MS FH.

Collectors are cautioned against 1927(P) quarters having added mintmarks. This has been done to many coins across many grades, a particularly egregious example being a gem MS example that fooled many experts some years ago until the deception was finally revealed under high magnification.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Last Updated: 7/20/2020

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1927 S 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 65.00 90.00 160 525 1300 2175 2350 3125 4150 5300 5800 6550 7500 8850 12750 17350 31500 - - -
$ - - - 3650 4500 - - - - 9500 15250 - 40000 -
1927 S 25C MS FH
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - 5750 6550 6850 10000 11250 14000 20000 34500 75000 210000 310000 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1437
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
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: 3/2/2021 1927 S 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base201872982992765859231829261714124421214---1417
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---------------3--2---5
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Total201872982992765859231829261714124721216---1422
 1%13%21%21%19%4%4%2%1%2%2%0%0%1%1%3%1%1%0%--- 
1927 S 25C MS FH
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------3--33641----20
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---------------1------1
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Total----------3--33741----21
 ----------14%--14%14%33%19%5%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1927 S 25C MS FH
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2582753635651239212429604064430443895158556359226963855911047154881747018367199132125322658
2643044307901534240333284144433246455293568362697495938812527161491776918882203602172123791
000000332841444332464552935683626974959388125271614917769188822036000
0000003696422443614902542858026616802710218140081680918068193982080600
1927 S 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base23725533652711731969219725702671306835063919408043044565490057026451810692341311214098
243282400742143820452321260428033214364439734155439146775167595270038482105271344114803
00000023212604280332143644397341554391467751675952700384821052700
00000024462637293633603781402642294478478854356201755488581181900
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 8482
Owner: Tony Littlejohn
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 3068
Owner: JTO
 
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