1820 25C Small 0 MS63

CERTIFICATION#: -38992
PCGS#: 5328

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by B. Max Mehl Jun '41 price realized $8.5

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: 1820 Quarter Dollars are divided into two major varieties: Large 0 and Small 0, both referring to the size of the final digit of the date.  The Small 0 variety is comprised of the Browning 4 and Browning 5 varieties.  For the Large 0 variety, PCGS recognizes Browning 1, Browning 2, and Browning 3.  Tompkins (2008) calls Browning 3 a Medium 0, which is justifiable: on the Large 0's, the inside of the 0's is oval in shape; on the Medium 0 and the Small 0's varieties, the right and left sides on the inside of the 0 are straight while the top and bottom are rounded.  However, PCGS does not recognize the Medium 0 as a separate major variety.

Here's an attribution guide for 1820 Quarter Dollars:

Large 0 will have Large Stars
Small 0 will have Small Stars
Mediium 0 will have Large Star and a short serif at the top of the 1

Sources and/or recommended reading:
Tompkins, S.M. (2008).  Early united states quarters 1796-1838.  Sequim, WA: Destni, Inc.
 

Diameter: 27.50 millimeters Designer: John Reich Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 127,444 Weight: 6.74 grams Metal Content: 89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 800 R-5.4 7 / 15 TIE 7 / 24 TIE
60 or Better 6 R-9.7 5 / 15 TIE 5 / 24 TIE
65 or Better 4 R-9.8 5 / 15 TIE 7 / 24 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade