Coin Specifications

Category: Washington Quarters (1932-1998)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 128,800
Obverse Designer: John Flanagan
Reverse Designer: John Flanagan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.24 (9/16/2019)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1953 25C PF obverse 1953 25C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

From 1950 onward proof coins were sold by the Mint only in complete, five-piece sets. The number of sets sold in 1953 rose more than 50% over the 1952 figure, with the coin market having fully recovered from the slow period of 1948-50.

This issue is plentiful through PF 68, though very few of these coins show enough contrast between fields and devices to be certified as Cameo. The number of Cameo coins is, however, higher than for earlier years. A combination of higher quality control at the mint and an increase in the number of dies employed was responsible for this greater availability. Ultra Cameo examples remain quite rare, though less so than for the three preceding years.

A prominent doubled-die obverse variety may be found for the 1953 proof quarter. It is bold enough that a few of the letters in the motto even show signs of tripling, and this variety carries a strong premium.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/8/2019

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1953 25C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 12.00 13.20 17.00 19.00 31.50 36.60 47.10 58.70 175 900 -
$ - - - - - - - - - 35.00 40.00 50.00 85.00 -
1953 25C PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 22.00 27.00 45.00 75.00 100.00 135 450 1450 -
$ - - - - - - - 23.00 30.00 50.00 85.00 110 160 825
1953 25C PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 190 525 725 1300 4900 17500 -
$ - - - - - - - - - 225 575 800 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3760
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 69

The chart showing 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series, 69 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/10/2019 1953 25C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------31334122322701110055549-2899
-------------11213331185910-237
------------------24--6
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Total------------31435124335734122061859-3142
 ------------0 %0 %1 %4 %11 %23 %39 %20 %2 %- 
1953 25C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------23176015832623020-816
---------------311338293-87
-----------------11---2
-------------------2--2
Total-------------23206117236526123-907
 -------------0 %0 %2 %7 %19 %40 %29 %3 %- 
1953 25C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------25718121-45
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-----------------------
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Total---------------25718121-45
 ---------------4 %11 %16 %40 %27 %2 %- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
12/13/2000 NGC PF 68   Cameo Teletrade Auction 1386, 1386/Lot# 1477 $228.90
1/7/2004 NGC PF 68   Heritage Auctions 2004 Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Sale #336, 336/Lot# 6529 $80.50
2/5/2006 NGC PF 66   Cameo Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 128 $357.00
6/4/2007 NGC PF 66   Ultra Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 147, 152/Lot# 887 $425.50
3/30/2014 NGC PF 67   Cameo GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/30/2014, 184/Lot# 181775 $69.08
11/16/2014 NGC PF 68   Cameo Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131447/Lot# 27183 $270.25
6/28/2015 PCGS   Cameo Stack's Bowers iAuction 3533, 6112/Lot# 20463 $58.75
4/26/2017 PCGS PF 68   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2017 April 26 - 30 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1254/Lot# 3860 $3,055.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1953 25C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111216202428323745596789111183288366463106620872910
1151317212529344050627496135218314398664140623610
0000002529344050627496135218314398664140600
00000027313542546482104159253340431865174700
1953 25C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base374554678194102111115119127131155179209597117314211969378364738428
404858728597105112116122128139163189338789125616042574468071250
000000105112116122128139163189338789125616042574468000
000000108114118124130147171199468981133817863178557600
1953 25C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9121216202428323232324550637613115119030156316091707
10121317212529323232364754679413816422738891216420
00000029323232364754679413816422738891200
0000003132323241485972113144177264476126000
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Grade: PF 68 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 3783
Owner: Paul Kromm
 
Grade: PF 68 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 3783
Owner: Ultra Cameo Collection
 
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