1881 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 #:
5513
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
24.30 millimeters
Weight:
6.30 grams
Mintage:
12,000
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 1,100 R-4.9 31 / 48 TIE 85 / 114 TIE
60 or Better 200 R-7.0 29 / 48 TIE 80 / 114 TIE
65 or Better 50 R-8.5 29 / 48 TIE 67 / 114 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 1,100
60 or Better 200
65 or Better 50
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.9
60 or Better R-7.0
65 or Better R-8.5
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 31 / 48 TIE
60 or Better 29 / 48 TIE
65 or Better 29 / 48 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 85 / 114 TIE
60 or Better 80 / 114 TIE
65 or Better 67 / 114 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 estimated grade
8 MS66+ PCGS grade
8 MS66+ PCGS grade
10 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS68 PCGS grade
#2 MS67 PCGS grade
#2 MS67 PCGS grade
#2 MS67 PCGS grade
#2 MS67 PCGS grade
#2 MS67 PCGS grade
#2 MS67 estimated grade
#8 MS66+ PCGS grade
#8 MS66+ PCGS grade
#10 MS66 PCGS grade
Gordon Wrubel: Philadelpha Mint circulation strike quarters from 1879-1889 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 the demands of Western mining interests. This taxed the Mint's coining and die making machinery which resulted in meager production of sorely needed minor coinage. The situation was not corrected until 1892 with the introduction of the new Barber coinage. With survival estimates in the 15% range, circulation strike quarters of these dates were, and still are, highly sought by date collectors, and hoarded by some.

Quickfinder Notes: Proof expert, John Dannreuther, points out some minor positional differences involving the point of the shield, and the 1 and 8 of the date to the denticles, to determine proof versus Mint State status. The dentilation also offers some clues. On proof issues the denticles are strongly struck and sharply defined. On Mint State pieces, the denticles tend to be more blunt and softer in strike.