1859-S 25C (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Quarters 1838-1891

PCGS AU53

PCGS AU53

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PCGS AU50

PCGS AU50

PCGS AU50

PCGS AU50

PCGS #:
5450
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
24.30 millimeters
Weight:
6.20 grams
Mintage:
80,000
Mint:
San Francisco
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 300 R-6.4 7 / 49 TIE 16 / 114 TIE
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 49 1 / 114
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 49 1 / 114
Survival Estimate
All Grades 300
60 or Better
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.4
60 or Better R-10.1
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 7 / 49 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 49
65 or Better 1 / 49
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 16 / 114 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 114
65 or Better 1 / 114

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 AU55 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2006:1119, $48,875

1 AU55 PCGS grade
3 AU53 PCGS grade  
	PCGS #5450 (MS) 53

Heritage 11/2011:3319, $21,850

3 AU53 estimated grade

David Lawrence Rare Coins, sold privately in 11/2001 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30380, $30,550

3 AU53 estimated grade
6 AU50 PCGS grade  
	AU50 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2013:4212, $17,625 - Heritage 1/2014:5215, $18,800

6 AU50 PCGS grade
6 AU50 PCGS grade
9 AU50 PCGS grade
9 AU50 estimated grade
#1 AU55 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2006:1119, $48,875

#1 AU55 PCGS grade
 
	PCGS #5450 (MS) 53 
#3 AU53 PCGS grade

Heritage 11/2011:3319, $21,850

#3 AU53 estimated grade

David Lawrence Rare Coins, sold privately in 11/2001 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30380, $30,550

#3 AU53 estimated grade
 
	AU50 PCGS grade 
#6 AU50 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2013:4212, $17,625 - Heritage 1/2014:5215, $18,800

#6 AU50 PCGS grade
#6 AU50 PCGS grade
#9 AU50 PCGS grade
#9 AU50 estimated grade
Ron Guth:

The 1859-S Quarter Dollar is similar to the 1857-S in that both have mintages in the 80,000 range, making them semi-scarce issues that can be difficult to locate in any grade. However, where the 1859-S outpaces the 1857-S is in high grade. Whereas the 1857-S is represented by numerous Mint State examples, the 1859-S is unknown in Uncirculated condition. In fact, the finest 1859-S Quarters graded by PCGS are only a pair of AU55s. Why this coin is so rare in Mint State is unknown. Perhaps collectors didn't care or were unable to obtain nice examples at the time. The hope is that someday a Mint State example will turn up. A nice one would fetch six figures easily.