1854-O 25C Arrows Huge O (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Quarters 1838-1891

PCGS AU55

PCGS AU55

MINTMARK COMPARISON

MINTMARK COMPARISON

PCGS XF45

PCGS XF45

PCGS #:
5434
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
24.30 millimeters
Weight:
6.20 grams
Mintage:
1,484,000
Mint:
New Orleans
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
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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 350 R-6.3 2 / 6 23 / 114 TIE
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 6 1 / 114
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 6 1 / 114
Survival Estimate
All Grades 350
60 or Better
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.3
60 or Better R-10.1
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 2 / 6
60 or Better 1 / 6
65 or Better 1 / 6
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 23 / 114 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 114
65 or Better 1 / 114

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 AU58 PCGS grade
1 AU58 PCGS grade
3 AU55 PCGS grade
4 AU53 estimated grade
5 AU50 estimated grade

Stack's/Bowers 8/2017:2079, $11,750

5 AU50 estimated grade

Stack's/Bowers 11/2019:3062

7 XF45 PCGS grade

American Numismatic Rarities 8/2006:427, $9,775

7 XF45 PCGS grade
7 XF45 PCGS grade
7 XF45 PCGS grade
#1 AU58 PCGS grade
#1 AU58 PCGS grade
#3 AU55 PCGS grade
#4 AU53 estimated grade
#5 AU50 estimated grade

Stack's/Bowers 8/2017:2079, $11,750

#5 AU50 estimated grade

Stack's/Bowers 11/2019:3062

#7 XF45 PCGS grade

American Numismatic Rarities 8/2006:427, $9,775

#7 XF45 PCGS grade
#7 XF45 PCGS grade
#7 XF45 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1854-O Huge O Quarter Dollar is a very unusual variety, because the mintmark is large, misshapen, and unlike the O mintmark on any other coin from this year or from any other. For this reason, experts believe the mintmark was either re-worked or added by hand to a die that the Philadelphia Mint shipped to New Orleans minus a mintmark (the Philadelphia Mint supplied all the dies to the branch mints, and added the mintmarks before shipping out the dies). A similar situation occured in 1870, when the San Francisco Mint received a reverse die for a Three-Dollar Gold piece without a mintmark, leading to the unique 1870-S $3 gold piece. Walter Breen claimed to have discovered the 1854-O Huge O Quarter Dollar in 1954, exactly one hundred years after its issuance.

According to the PCGS Population Report, the certified population of the 1854-O Huge O is roughly half that of the regular 1854-O Quarter Dollar, making it scarce but not rare. Larry Briggs noted the existence of a single Uncirculated example, but gave no other information. No Mint State examples have been certified by PCGS. Rather, the finest examples graded by them are two AU-58's. Since 1994, the highest price realized at auction by an 1854-O Huge O Quarter Dollar was $12,075 (PCGS estimated grade XF45) in a July 2005 auction.

Sources and/or recommended reading: Briggs, Larry. The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of United States Liberty Seated Quarters. Lima, OH, Larry Briggs, 1991.