1804 25C AU55

CERTIFICATION#: -32137
PCGS#: 5312

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Ex. Baldwin & Son (1954) Sold by David Akers Numismatics May '98 Price realized $30800

Expert Comments

Ron Guth:

The following is reprinted with permission from “The Early Quarter Dollars of the United States 1796-1838” by A.W. Browning, completely updated by Walter Breen, copyright 1992 by Bowers and Merena Galleries, Inc.:

The second year of coinage.  Total number of pieces coined 6,738.

The obverse is of the type of 1796, but the number of stars is reduced to thirteen, seven at left and six at right of the bust.

The reverse shows an entire change; an eagle with raised wings, bearing the United States shield upon its breast.  From its beak floats a scroll inscribed E PLURIBUS UNUM.  In the right talon it grasps a bundle of thirteen arrows, and in the left an olive branch.  Legend: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.  Above the eagle are clouds and thirteen stars, and below, the value, 25 C.

Two varieties are known.

Dies by Robert Scot; obverse after Gilbert Stuart as preceding, reverse after the Great Seal of the United States, but with arrows and olive branch transposed (as on all other silver and gold denominations through 1807), in error or militaristic braggadocio.

Diameter: 27.50 millimeters Designer: Robert Scot Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 6,738 Weight: 6.74 grams Metal Content: 89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
45+
33,500
50+
39,000
53
42,500
53+
44,000
55
50,000
1
55+
52,500
58+
65,000
60
80,000
2
62+
160,000
63+
220,000
64
325,000
3

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 387 R-6.2 1 / 5 1 / 6
60 or Better 6 R-9.7 1 / 5 1 / 6
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 2 / 5 TIE 2 / 6 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 estimated grade  
Col. E.H.R. Green - Stack's 1945 - Jerome Kern Collection - B. Max Mehl 1950:1385 - Eugene Gardner collection - Stack's, 2/1965:1620 - H. Philip Speir estate - Stack's 3/1974:2, $16,500 - Superior 8/1975:352, $10,500 - ANR 8/2006:405, $184,000 - Heritage 4/2008:2274, $310,500
5 MS63 PCGS grade   Heritage 5/2005:6841, $92,000