1871-S 25C MS62 Certification #22104205, PCGS #5480

Owner's Comments

Ex. Frog Run

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1871-S Quarter Dollar is much scarcer than its already low mintage indicates, making it one of the most important dates in the 1870s. This was a common theme for S-mint Quarter Dollars during this period.  It just seemed as though collectors paid little attention to the coins from out West.  Nowadays, the situation has reversed completely and collectors clamor for low-pop, high-grade coins.  Unfortunately, the supply of Western Quarters is vastly smaller than current demand, resulting in high values for coins at the top of the condition ladder. 

The PCGS Population Reports shows an atypical pattern for Mint State 1871-S Quarters.  In this case, there is a void at the MS63 level, surrounded by small clusters at the MS62 and MS64 grades.  A small number of Gems exists, with just a pair of MS66s at the top of the Condition Census.  In an ironic twist, and an indication of the respect for this date, the price record belongs to a cleaned example that sold for $19,550 in 2011. 

PCGS #
5480
Designer
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
24.30 millimeters
Weight
6.20 grams
Mintage
30900
Metal
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
10
Pop Lower
60
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 350 R-6.3 12 / 48 TIE 23 / 114 TIE
All Grades 30 R-8.9 13 / 48 TIE 37 / 114 TIE
60 or Better 7 R-9.6 14 / 48 TIE 38 / 114 TIE
65 or Better 350
All Grades 30
60 or Better 7
65 or Better R-6.3
All Grades R-8.9
60 or Better R-9.6
65 or Better 12 / 48 TIE
All Grades 13 / 48 TIE
60 or Better 14 / 48 TIE
65 or Better 23 / 114 TIE
All Grades 37 / 114 TIE
60 or Better 38 / 114 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67PCGS grade MS67PCGS grade

Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11350, $35,938 - Stack's/Bowers 5/2015:46, $32,900 - Heritage 1/2017:5609, $30,550

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Stellar Collection - Summit Rare Coins, sold privately in 8/2004 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30391, $30,550

2 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS65 PCGS grade
4 MS65 PCGS grade
MS67PCGS grade #1 MS67PCGS grade

Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11350, $35,938 - Stack's/Bowers 5/2015:46, $32,900 - Heritage 1/2017:5609, $30,550

#2 MS66 PCGS grade

Stellar Collection - Summit Rare Coins, sold privately in 8/2004 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30391, $30,550

#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS65 PCGS grade
#4 MS65 PCGS grade