Description and Analysis

Seated Liberty Quarters
1891 O 25C MS

Description & Analysis

Reactivated in 1879 primarily for the coining and storage of silver dollars produced under the Bland-Allison Act, the New Orleans Mint had not struck quarter dollars since 1860. Its small contribution for 1891 produced an immediate rarity that is particularly elusive in Mint State.

Three die pairs have been identified by Larry Briggs for this issue. The O mintmark seems to be from the same punch for all three, though on his Reverse B it is punched to a greater depth and thus appears broader. Like most Seated Liberty Quarters of the Motto subtype, Liberty's head is a bit weak at its top on many seen, and some of the stars may lack full centrils.