1856 25C MS63

CERTIFICATION#: 03445323
PCGS#: 5438

Owner's Comments

Type Coin Co. purchase $625 05/10/13

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: In 1856, the U.S. Mint returned to the old design of pre-1853 by simply removing the arrowheads on either side of the date.  The arrowheads had been placed there in 1853 to denote a reduction in the weight of the coins.  By 1856, the mass quantities of the newer, lighter Quarter Dollars (and other denominations) overwhelmed the old-tenor coins, the vast majority of which had already been pulled from circulation and melted down.  The removal of the arrowheads restored a simplicity to the design, improving not only the aesthetic appearance but also making it easier on the dies by removing two more devices that needed to be struck up.

The mintage of the 1856 Quarter Dollar was substantial, though nowhere near as large as the massive 1853 mintage.  Many Mint State 1856 Quarter Dollars remain today, mostly in the MS63 and MS64 grades.  Gems are scarce, but can be found with a little searching and the right offers.  The highest grade assigned thus far to any 1856 Quarter Dollar by PCGS is MS66.

 

Diameter: 24.30 millimeters Designer: Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 7,264,000 Weight: 6.20 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
1
25
1
2
15
3
3
19
1
4
27
1
6
30
8
36
10
40
1
30
85
9
45+
130
50+
175
53+
210
55+
245
58+
315
62+
550
63+
725
64+
1,675
3
65+
4,500

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 2,000 R-4.6 46 / 49 94 / 114 TIE
60 or Better 275 R-6.5 41 / 49 88 / 114 TIE
65 or Better 30 R-8.9 24 / 49 TIE 56 / 114 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade