1853 25C Arrows and Rays (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Quarters 1838-1891

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS #:
5426
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
24.30 millimeters
Weight:
6.20 grams
Mintage:
15,210,020
Mint:
Philadelphia
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 5,000 R-4.0 3 / 3 110 / 114 TIE
60 or Better 700 R-5.6 3 / 3 104 / 114
65 or Better 35 R-8.8 1 / 3 63 / 114
Survival Estimate
All Grades 5,000
60 or Better 700
65 or Better 35
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.0
60 or Better R-5.6
65 or Better R-8.8
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 3 / 3
60 or Better 3 / 3
65 or Better 1 / 3
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 110 / 114 TIE
60 or Better 104 / 114
65 or Better 63 / 114

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
	PCGS #5426 (MS) 67

Bob R. Simpson Collection

1 MS67 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade

Superior 7/2005:1019, $32,200 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part I - Heritage 6/2014:30371, $35,250 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 7/2017:168, not sold - Heritage 12/2017:3065, $28,800 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 5/2018:505, $36,425 - D.L. Hansen Collection

3 MS66 PCGS grade

James Swan US Type Collection - D. Brent Pogue Collection, Part V - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 3/2017:5022, $21,150 - The Type Set Collection (Oliver Jung) (PCGS Set Registry) - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 9/2019:228, $21,150 - Heritage 1/2020:4163, not sold

3 MS66 PCGS grade

John Work Garrett Collection - Johns Hopkins University Collection, Part II - Bowers & Ruddy 3/1980:659, $35,000

3 MS66 PCGS grade

John Work Garrett Collection - Johns Hopkins University Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 3/1980:659, $35,000

3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 3/2012:4073, $27,600

3 MS66 PCGS grade
 
	PCGS #5426 (MS) 67 
#1 MS67 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade

Superior 7/2005:1019, $32,200 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part I - Heritage 6/2014:30371, $35,250 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 7/2017:168, not sold - Heritage 12/2017:3065, $28,800 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 5/2018:505, $36,425 - D.L. Hansen Collection

#3 MS66 PCGS grade

James Swan US Type Collection - D. Brent Pogue Collection, Part V - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 3/2017:5022, $21,150 - The Type Set Collection (Oliver Jung) (PCGS Set Registry) - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 9/2019:228, $21,150 - Heritage 1/2020:4163, not sold

#3 MS66 PCGS grade

John Work Garrett Collection - Johns Hopkins University Collection, Part II - Bowers & Ruddy 3/1980:659, $35,000

#3 MS66 PCGS grade

John Work Garrett Collection - Johns Hopkins University Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 3/1980:659, $35,000

#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 3/2012:4073, $27,600

#3 MS66 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

Why were arrowheads and rays added to the 1853 Quarter Dollar? To signify a reduction in the weight of the coin. This was a time when silver coins were required to contain their full value in metal. Also, this was the first time that the silver content of the Quarter Dollar had been reduced since its inception in 1796! The result of the reduction in weight was that all of the silver quarter dollars struck prior to the weight change became worth more than their face value. Any quarter dollars without Arrows and Rays would be instantly noticeable in circulation and could be pulled and melted. The massive mintage of 1853 quarter dollars resulted from the conversion of older silver coins. For coin collectors, this means that mintage figures for all pre-1853 quarter dollars are meaningless and their respective survival rates are low.