1842-O 25C Small Date (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Quarters 1838-1891

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU58

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DATE COMPARISON

DATE COMPARISON

PCGS AU55

PCGS AU55

PCGS #:
5403
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
24.30 millimeters
Weight:
6.74 grams
Mintage:
769,000
Mint:
New Orleans
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 400 R-6.2 17 / 49 TIE 34 / 114 TIE
60 or Better 2 R-9.9 1 / 49 1 / 114 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 49 1 / 114
Survival Estimate
All Grades 400
60 or Better 2
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.2
60 or Better R-9.9
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 17 / 49 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 49
65 or Better 1 / 49
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 34 / 114 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 114 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 114

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS62 estimated grade

Norweb Collection, Part II - Bowers & Merena 3/1988:1574, $3,960 - Superior 10/1995:351, $9,000 - Heritage 8/2006:5177, $74,750 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98359, $55,813

2 MS61 PCGS grade

American Numismatic Rarities 1/2005:430, $21,850 - Stack's 7/2008:1504, $52,500

3 AU58 PCGS grade

Heritage 12/2013:3590, $32,900

4 AU55 PCGS grade

Richmond Collection [Bradley Hirst], Part III - David Lawrence 3/2005:1410, $12,075 - Goldbergs 5/2006:1753, $16,675 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part IV - Heritage 10/2015:98413, $12,925 - D.L. Hansen Collection

4 AU55 PCGS grade
6 AU53 PCGS grade PCGS #5403 (MS)     53
6 AU53 PCGS grade
8 AU50 PCGS grade
8 AU50 estimated grade
10 XF45 PCGS grade
#1 MS62 estimated grade

Norweb Collection, Part II - Bowers & Merena 3/1988:1574, $3,960 - Superior 10/1995:351, $9,000 - Heritage 8/2006:5177, $74,750 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98359, $55,813

#2 MS61 PCGS grade

American Numismatic Rarities 1/2005:430, $21,850 - Stack's 7/2008:1504, $52,500

#3 AU58 PCGS grade

Heritage 12/2013:3590, $32,900

#4 AU55 PCGS grade

Richmond Collection [Bradley Hirst], Part III - David Lawrence 3/2005:1410, $12,075 - Goldbergs 5/2006:1753, $16,675 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part IV - Heritage 10/2015:98413, $12,925 - D.L. Hansen Collection

#4 AU55 PCGS grade
PCGS #5403 (MS)     53 #6 AU53 PCGS grade
#6 AU53 PCGS grade
#8 AU50 PCGS grade
#8 AU50 estimated grade
#10 XF45 PCGS grade
Gordon Wrubel: If you do not have photos or comparison pieces, there is a way to tell whether you have the rarer Small Date or the more common Large Date 1842-O quarter. Just look at the 8 in the date. Besides having smaller date punches, the bottom of the Small Date 8 is ABOVE the baseline of the adjacent 1 and 4. The Large Date has larger figures and the bottom of the 8 is slightly BELOW the base of the adjacent 1.
Ron Guth:

In a survey of the members of the Liberty Seated Collectors Club, published in the March 2008 issue of the Gobrecht Journal, the 1842-O Small Date Quarter was ranked sixth among the Ten Greatest New Orleans Seated Coins: "This is one of the key dates in the Seated quarter series that is very difficult to find, especially in high grade. Only one mint state specimen was reported in the recent Seated quarter census that was published in Issue #100. An example graded NGC MS-63 appeared in the Heritage auction at the Denver ANA convention during August 2006. There was generally strong support for this issue with 59% of the respondents placing it in the 3rd through 9th position in their listing."

The afore-mentioned NGC MS63 sold in 2006 for $74,750 to Eugene Gardner. When this coin reappeared on the market in 2014, it sold for $55,812.50. It remains the only Mint State example known of this date.