Coin Specifications

Category: Washington Quarters (1932-1998)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,149,291
Obverse Designer: John Flanagan
Reverse Designer: John Flanagan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.10 (5/23/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1959 25C PF obverse 1959 25C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The frenzied market in proof sets returned in 1959, after the set back of 1957-58, and it was now joined by a mania for both rolls and bags of uncirculated coins of recent dates. While this activity hardly qualified as numismatics, it was the new reality of the coin market. As in 1957, proof set sales exceeded a million units, but this time that didn't seem like enough to satisfy speculative demand. The trend toward ever-increasing sales would last through 1964.

The proof quarter dollar of 1959 is common in grades through PF 68, with a fairly generous supply of PF 69 examples, too. Nearly all of these are fully brilliant or display only slight frosting on the devices of one or both sides. Coins designated as Cameo are available to advanced collectors, but Ultra Cameo specimens are especially rare for this date.

One of the better DDO varieties among proof quarters is found for this date. The motto IN GOD WE TRUST is quite boldly doubled, and this variety is quite popular.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/23/2014

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1959 25C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 9.50 9.80 10.25 11.00 12.00 15.00 20.00 30.00 60.00 225 -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - 35.00 -
1959 25C PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 18.00 25.00 35.00 55.00 130 450 -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 28.00 40.00 60.00 -
1959 25C PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 200 300 900 4400 -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 225 350 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5763
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 67
High Grade: 69


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
3/18/1998 NGC PF 68   Cameo Teletrade Auction 1033, 1033/Lot# 1459 $35.97
5/25/2002 NGC PF 68   Cameo Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #22082, 22082/Lot# 13231 $59.80
10/1/2005 NGC PF 68   Cameo Heritage Auctions Continuous Internet Auction #65102, 65102/Lot# 23366 $51.00
5/15/2006 NGC PF 67   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 87: Lake Champlain & Colony Collections, 92/Lot# 876 $16.10
9/23/2007 NGC PF 66   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1379 $81.00
1/29/2012 NGC PF 68   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/29/2012, 5/Lot# 19936 $40.00
6/16/2014 NGC PF 68   Cameo Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3486, 6035/Lot# 20323 $581.63


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1959 25C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base66991212121616161637373741455981123237674620
6791012121316161623373738425066951613836740
00000013161616233737384250669516138300
000000151616163037374044547410919952800
1959 25C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base91212162024242828282859811021237210214322045010661393
101213172124252828283866881091238211616929765511750
000000252828283866881091238211616929765500
000000272828284974951161239212919437386100
1959 25C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333666681102123143265404620820160936014724
333333466631881091301843114766871083227339750
000000466631881091301843114766871083227300
000000566656951161362243585487531346293700
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Grade: PF 69 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 3601
Owner: Paul Kromm
 
Grade: PF 69 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 3601
Owner: Wells Collection
 
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