1856 25C (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Quarters 1838-1891

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

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PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS #:
5438
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
24.30 millimeters
Weight:
6.20 grams
Mintage:
7,264,000
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Die 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 2,000 R-4.6 46 / 49 94 / 114 TIE
60 or Better 275 R-6.5 41 / 49 88 / 114 TIE
65 or Better 30 R-8.9 24 / 49 TIE 56 / 114 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 2,000
60 or Better 275
65 or Better 30
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.6
60 or Better R-6.5
65 or Better R-8.9
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 46 / 49
60 or Better 41 / 49
65 or Better 24 / 49 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 94 / 114 TIE
60 or Better 88 / 114 TIE
65 or Better 56 / 114 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
10 MS65 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#10 MS65 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

In 1856, the U.S. Mint returned to the old design of pre-1853 by simply removing the arrowheads on either side of the date. The arrowheads had been placed there in 1853 to denote a reduction in the weight of the coins. By 1856, the mass quantities of the newer, lighter Quarter Dollars (and other denominations) overwhelmed the old-tenor coins, the vast majority of which had already been pulled from circulation and melted down. The removal of the arrowheads restored a simplicity to the design, improving not only the aesthetic appearance but also making it easier on the dies by removing two more devices that needed to be struck up.

The mintage of the 1856 Quarter Dollar was substantial, though nowhere near as large as the massive 1853 mintage. Many Mint State 1856 Quarter Dollars remain today, mostly in the MS63 and MS64 grades. Gems are scarce, but can be found with a little searching and the right offers. The highest grade assigned thus far to any 1856 Quarter Dollar by PCGS is MS66.