Coin Specifications

Category: Washington Quarters (1932-1998)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,247,952
Obverse Designer: John Flanagan
Reverse Designer: John Flanagan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.07 (12/15/2019)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1957 25C PF obverse 1957 25C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The speculative frenzy in proof sets that emerged during 1956 led to mass ordering of multiple 1957 sets. The Mint could have cut off sales at a more reasonable level, but it opted to go ahead and deliver all of the 1-1/4 million sets ordered. Some writers have speculated that this was done deliberately by the Mint to kill such speculation, but that seems unlikely. Whatever the reason, coin buyers were stunned into reality by this enormous mintage, and the speculative market collapsed immediately. This had a chilling effect on 1958's sales and made the 1957 set a drug on the market for at least 30 years.

Another effect of such overproduction (for the time) was a drop in quality. The proof coins of 1957 often reveal obviously worn and overpolished dies that are lacking in detail and sharp delineation between field and devices. Fully brilliant proofs are very common in grades through PF 69, but the relative percentage of Cameo and Ultra Cameo pieces is lower for this date than in 1954-56. The latter designation is very rare for 1957 proof quarters.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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1957 25C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 9.60 10.00 10.60 11.55 12.95 15.60 22.95 27.00 55.00 150 -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - 35.00 -
1957 25C PF CA
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 15.00 20.00 27.00 35.00 65.00 165 400 -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 30.00 40.00 75.00 -
1957 25C PF UC
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 120 150 400 1250 3000 -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 130 165 450 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 9678
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 67
High Grade: 69

The chart showing 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series, 69 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/10/2019 1957 25C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------51288188590414029291060-9012
---------------1125149203101-480
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Total-------------51289189615428931321161-9492
 -------------0 %0 %1 %2 %6 %45 %33 %12 %- 
1957 25C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------1---3156620923572-601
-----------------4272316-70
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Total-----------1---3157023625888-671
 -----------0 %---0 %2 %10 %35 %38 %13 %- 
1957 25C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------141415247-65
--------------------1-1
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Total---------------141415248-66
 ---------------2 %6 %21 %23 %36 %12 %- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Images
Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
12/30/1996 NGC PF 68   Cameo Teletrade Auction 0906, 906/Lot# 1344 $26.75
6/20/2006 NGC PF 68   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #26064, 26064/Lot# 13352 $27.00
6/30/2008 NGC PF 67   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 261, 267/Lot# 584 $25.00
10/2/2011 PCGS PF 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/02/2011, 138/Lot# 17271 $20.00
3/3/2013 NGC PF 69   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/03/2013, 64/Lot# 102867 $165.00
11/6/2014 NGC PF 68   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(1), 1211/Lot# 3559 $470.00
12/5/2014 NGC PF 68   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3511, 6080/Lot# 20215 $28.20
12/24/2014 PCGS PF 68   Cameo Stack's Bowers iAuction 3514, 6083/Lot# 20143 $103.40


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1957 25C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9912121620202424282832374559811111432555399901450
910121317202124252829344050669112218035068911430
0000002124252829344050669112218035068900
00000023242728313542547410113221844484000
1957 25C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2020283241455059596363678198115155423502990192830094141
202329354247535960636472871041282444496651303228833860
000000535960636472871041282444496651303228800
000000565962636676921091423344768271615264900
1957 25C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6699121212161616163737374145598198220502517
6791012121316161623373738425066871393145070
00000013161616233737384250668713931400
00000015161616303737404454749217940800
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Grade: PF 69 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 3009
Owner: TERRY A
 
Grade: PF 69 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 3009
Owner: Ultra Cameo Collection
 
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