1853 25C Arrows and Rays AU55

CERTIFICATION#: 05621124
PCGS#: 5426

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: Why were arrowheads and rays added to the 1853 Quarter Dollar?  To signify a reduction in the weight of the coin.  This was a time when silver coins were required to contain their full value in metal.  Also, this was the first time that the silver content of the Quarter Dollar had been reduced since its inception in 1796!  The result of the reduction in weight was that all of the silver quarter dollars struck prior to the weight change became worth more than their face value.  Any quarter dollars without Arrows and Rays would be instantly noticeable in circulation and could be pulled and melted.  The massive mintage of 1853 quarter dollars resulted from the conversion of older silver coins.  For coin collectors, this means that mintage figures for all pre-1853 quarter dollars are meaningless and their respective survival rates are low.

Diameter: 24.30 millimeters Designer: Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 15,210,020 Weight: 6.20 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
1
25
7
2
18
11
4
36
1
45+
250
50+
350
53+
425
55+
540
58+
850
62+
1,500
64+
6,500
1
65+
25,000
66+
45,000

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 5,000 R-4.0 3 / 3 110 / 114 TIE
60 or Better 700 R-5.6 3 / 3 104 / 114
65 or Better 35 R-8.8 1 / 3 63 / 114

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade