Coin Specifications

Category: Washington Quarters (1932-1998)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 669,384
Obverse Designer: John Flanagan
Reverse Designer: John Flanagan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.15 (5/29/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1956 25C PF obverse 1956 25C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Though sales of proof sets for 1956 failed to achieve the 50% increase typical of previous years, the overall number of sets delivered rose by nearly 300,000 units. This was a figure unimaginable by anyone at the Mint or in the coin hobby when proof sales had resumed in 1950. The quality of proof coins had also risen quite a bit by 1956, and the number of Cameo and Ultra Cameo proofs available for this issue is dramatically higher than for earlier years.

Many of these sales were made to pure speculators seeking to flip the sets within days or weeks of delivery. The market in proof sets was very hot by 1956, with dealers bringing chalk boards to coin shows so that their buy and sell prices could be updated frequently.

From 1956 through 1964 the dies used to coin proofs were put into service at the Philadelphia Mint making ordinary currency strikes when no longer needed or fit for their original purpose. Since the proof quarter dollars of 1937-64 were made with reverse dies that differed from those normally seen on currency coins, these former proof dies have created a collecting specialty in MS coins exhibiting the Type B Reverse.

A minor DDO variety is known for the 1956 proof quarter.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/23/2014

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1956 25C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 9.50 9.80 10.25 11.00 15.00 20.00 25.00 30.00 55.00 150 275
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 28.00 35.00 -
1956 25C PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 16.00 24.00 30.00 40.00 65.00 100.00 225 -
$ - - - - - - - - - 27.00 34.00 45.00 75.00 -
1956 25C PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 40.00 45.00 60.00 110 200 1650 -
$ - - - - - - - - - 45.00 50.00 70.00 120 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 6295
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 67
High Grade: 69


Upcoming Auctions

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6/11/2017 PF 69  Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2017 June 8 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1256/Lot# 7459


Auction Prices Realized

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5/5/1997 NGC PF 68   Cameo Teletrade Auction 0942, 942/Lot# 1414 $32.75
12/24/1997 NGC PF 69   Teletrade Auction 1009, 1009/Lot# 1352 $29.75
4/22/2003 PCGS PF 67   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23045, 23045/Lot# 11401 $25.00
12/17/2003 PCGS PF 69   Teletrade Auction 1820, 1820/Lot# 1406 $47.00
5/12/2008 NGC PF 69   Ultra Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 246, 252/Lot# 625 $460.00
7/24/2011 NGC PF 68   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/24/2011, 128/Lot# 9546 $35.00
6/1/2014 NGC PF 69   Cameo GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/01/2014, 198/Lot# 197446 $110.00
10/31/2014 NGC PF 67   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3506, 6060/Lot# 22123 $14.10


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1956 25C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base669912121216161616373737415981102123220502774
67910121213161616233737384766881091553145930
000000131616162337373847668810915531400
000000151616163037374053749511618840800
1956 25C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111333333333696398123163255366674951
112333333334727751061361942924697660
0000003333347277510613619429246900
0000003333358458611515022432957100
1956 25C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1333333333369167216318323739562022332335
2333333333471135102170201290470115822670
0000003333471135102170201290470115800
0000003333581453133176219342545169500
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Grade: PF 69 UC
Points: 2233
Owner: Charles Stevens
 
Grade: PF 69 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 2233
Owner: Daniel McMunn
 
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