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: $3.15 (5/26/2017)
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.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/5/2017

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1927 S 25C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 50.00 70.00 120 300 950 2450 2750 3400 4050 4900 5500 6900 7650 8850 12000 18000 32500 - - -
$ - - - 3650 4500 - - - - 9500 15250 - 40000 -
1927 S 25C MS Full Head
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - 5750 6550 6850 10000 11250 12000 20000 34500 84000 230000 336500 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1275
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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4/28/2002 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions 2002 April Columbus,OH (CSNS) Bullet Sale #289, 289/Lot# 539 $166.75
9/29/2002 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2002 September Long Beach Bullet Sale #301, 301/Lot# 1015 $747.50
8/27/2007 NGC F 15   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday Sale - Internet Auction # 172, 178/Lot# 284 $149.50
9/23/2007 PCGS VF 25   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1346 $276.00
2/28/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 3190 $1,414.50
5/13/2012 PCGS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 3275, 3275/Lot# 1487 $190.00
3/28/2014 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 5317 $1,880.00
9/7/2014 PCGS G 6   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 218110 $20.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1927 S 25C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33334371438204524952646274028752960303331723324358342614472608192232717744404
3331477701640219525452677278529032984307932223410380943315008712815207329190
00000021952545267727852903298430793222341038094331500871281520700
00000023452595270828302931300831253273349640354401554481752119200
1927 S 25C MS Full Head
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33331138299040104744498651375351548656005818605693071220313281142061991365411107661
333381175533304254482450365208539655245672589771391027212562135891610835079794940
000000425448245036520853965524567258977139102721256213589161083507900
000000449949055086527954415562574559768223112371292113897180105024500
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 2740
Owner: JTO
 
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