1861-S 25C VF25

PCGS#: 5455

Owner's Comments

Mintage 96,0000 Key Date

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The 1861-S Quarter Dollar is a significant condition-rarity in high grades.  The mintage of 96,000 coins is small, but not low enough to account for the rarity of this date.  Rather, the lack of high-grade examples can be attributed to the distance between the San Francisco Mint and collectors.  Unless the coins were saved and preserved before they entered into circulation, they simply wore down as they travelled east.  The complete lack of Mint State examples confirms this to be the case.  The best that collectors can hope for today is to find a clean, original, problem-free example.  That, by itself, will be difficult enough.

Diameter: 24.30 millimeters Designer: Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 96,000 Weight: 6.20 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 60 R-8.4 1 / 49 3 / 114
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 49 1 / 114
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 49 1 / 114

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 AU58+ PCGS grade  
2 AU58 PCGS grade  

Frog Run Farm Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 1/2006:365, $32,200

2 AU58 PCGS grade  
2 AU58 PCGS grade  
5 AU55 PCGS grade