1880 25C (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Quarters 1838-1891

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

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PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS #:
5512
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
24.30 millimeters
Weight:
6.30 grams
Mintage:
13,600
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major 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 2,000 R-4.6 36 / 48 TIE 94 / 114 TIE
60 or Better 350 R-6.3 37 / 48 TIE 91 / 114 TIE
65 or Better 100 R-8.0 37 / 48 TIE 77 / 114 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 2,000
60 or Better 350
65 or Better 100
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.6
60 or Better R-6.3
65 or Better R-8.0
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 36 / 48 TIE
60 or Better 37 / 48 TIE
65 or Better 37 / 48 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 94 / 114 TIE
60 or Better 91 / 114 TIE
65 or Better 77 / 114 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2014:5580, $21,150

2 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2013:1979, $6,527.13

2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS68 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2014:5580, $21,150

#2 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2013:1979, $6,527.13

#2 MS67 PCGS grade
#2 MS67 PCGS grade
#2 MS67 PCGS grade
#2 MS67 PCGS grade
#2 MS67 PCGS grade
#2 MS67 PCGS grade
#2 MS67 PCGS grade
#2 MS67 PCGS grade
Gordon Wrubel: Philadelphia Mint circulation strike quarters from 1879 to 1889 have low mintages ranging from 5,000 to 15,200. The reason for these tiny mintage figures was the Bland-Allison Silver Act of 1878. The Act mandated the minting of prodigious amounts of dollar coins to satisfy Western mining interests. This taxed the Mint's coining and die making machinery which resulted in meager production of sorely needed minor coinage. This situation was not corrected until 1892 with the introduction of the new Barber coinage.
With survival estimates in the 15% range, circulation strike 1879 to 1989 quarters were, and still are, highly sought by date collectors and hoarded by some.

Quickfinder Notes: With the 1880 mintage of 13,600 "business" strike pieces, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish proof-like first strikes from proofs. The same difficulty is encountered when examining well worn specimens. Proof expert, John Dannreuther, notes some positional date differences between proof and mint state specimens. But, on this date, there is also a "tell" on the reverse. On Mint State pieces, the second, recessed, undulation of the scroll from the left is FULL and COMPLETE. On proofs the interior of that part of the scroll has been polished away and only TWO THIN OUTER BORDER LINES remain.
We have noted two proof die EXCEPTIONS to the "COMPLETE SCROLL" rule. One is a very rare "proof only" issue which uses the Type I reverse die of 1872 engraved by James B. Longacre. This issue has a fully struck scroll but can be identified by a DIE CUT from the left border of the shield into the feathers. The second COMPLETE SCROLL die used on proofs is from the Type II reverse hub created by Charles Barber. This die is identified by TWO RAISED LUMPS on the first undulation at the left end of the scroll and also some raised DIE FLAWS at the CENTER of the SHIELD.