1838 25C Capped Bust (Regular Strike)

Series: Capped Bust Quarters 1815-1838

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

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PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS #:
5357
Designer:
John Reich
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
24.30 millimeters
Weight:
6.74 grams
Mintage:
366,000
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Die Varieties

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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 1,625 R-4.7 2 / 9 13 / 24 TIE
60 or Better 67 R-8.3 5 / 9 TIE 16 / 24 TIE
65 or Better 7 R-9.6 6 / 9 TIE 15 / 24 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 1,625
60 or Better 67
65 or Better 7
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.7
60 or Better R-8.3
65 or Better R-9.6
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 2 / 9
60 or Better 5 / 9 TIE
65 or Better 6 / 9 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 13 / 24 TIE
60 or Better 16 / 24 TIE
65 or Better 15 / 24 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66 estimated grade

Superior 9/1997:190 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98353, $55,813 - Heritage 9/2015:3860, $82,250

1 MS66 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 7/2003:1155 - Heritage 2/2005:6528, $13,800 - Bowers & Merena 3/2006:650, $14,950 - Heritage 1/2009:3734, $28,750 - Heritage 5/2009:618, $18,400 - Joe O’Connor (OCNUMIS) -  J. Clayton Shaw - Dr. Charles Link Collection

2 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS65+ PCGS grade
5 MS65 PCGS grade  PCGS #5357 (MS)     65

Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11342, not sold

5 MS65 PCGS grade

David S. Wilson Collection, sold privately (perhaps by Henry Chapman in 1906) - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1418, $35,200 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1094, $35,250

5 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2006:3150, $13,800 - Heritage 8/2006:5174, $19,550 - Heritage 1/2012:3179, $32,200 - Jim O’Neal Collection - Heritage 4/2013:4205, $25,850

5 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2015:4022, $18,800

5 MS65 PCGS grade
5 MS65 estimated grade
#1 MS66 estimated grade

Superior 9/1997:190 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98353, $55,813 - Heritage 9/2015:3860, $82,250

#1 MS66 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 7/2003:1155 - Heritage 2/2005:6528, $13,800 - Bowers & Merena 3/2006:650, $14,950 - Heritage 1/2009:3734, $28,750 - Heritage 5/2009:618, $18,400 - Joe O’Connor (OCNUMIS) -  J. Clayton Shaw - Dr. Charles Link Collection

#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS65+ PCGS grade
 PCGS #5357 (MS)     65 #5 MS65 PCGS grade

Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11342, not sold

#5 MS65 PCGS grade

David S. Wilson Collection, sold privately (perhaps by Henry Chapman in 1906) - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1418, $35,200 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1094, $35,250

#5 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2006:3150, $13,800 - Heritage 8/2006:5174, $19,550 - Heritage 1/2012:3179, $32,200 - Jim O’Neal Collection - Heritage 4/2013:4205, $25,850

#5 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2015:4022, $18,800

#5 MS65 PCGS grade
#5 MS65 estimated grade
By 1838, John Reich’s Capped Bust design was nearing its end. Half Dimes and dimes had already transitioned to Christian Gobrecht’s rendition of Thomas Sully’s Liberty Seated design. And while half dollars would wait one more year, 1838 was the transitional year for quarters.

There is only one die pair known for 1838, mating a new obverse with a reverse used previously for the common 1837 B-2. Given the abnormally large mintage reported for this single die pair, it is likely that some of the Capped Bust Quarters included in the 1838 mintage were dated 1837.