1879 25C MS66 Certification #-56259, PCGS #5511

Owner's Comments

Assumed grade. Eliasberg had a Choice Proof. Sold by Bowers & Merena Apr '97 price realized $1,980. Lot #1528. Image courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1879 Quarter Dollar begins a run of consecutive dates that have delightfully low mintages.  Proof mintages maintained their levels throughout this period thanks to collector demand, and sufficient Mint State examples were saved by collectors such that today's prices are in line with more common dates, but circulated examples are very scarce and sought after.  The surviving population of the 1879 Quarter is higher than any of the subsequent dates with the exception of the 1891, but it compares favorable with the 1880, 1889, and 1890.

Collectors have a nice selection of Mint State examples from which to choose, mostly in the MS-63 to MS-66 grades.  Superb MS-67 examples are very scarce, and the finest examples certified by PCGS are a pair of MS68s.  This date comes well-struck usually, and semi-Prooflike often.  It is one of the best values in the Seated Liberty Quarter series.

24.30 millimeters
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
6.30 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
The United States of America
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PCGS Population
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

65 or Better 2000 R-4.6 36 / 48 TIE 94 / 114 TIE
All Grades 400 R-6.2 39 / 48 TIE 94 / 114 TIE
60 or Better 120 R-7.8 39 / 48 TIE 80 / 114 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68+ PCGS grade

Jason Carter, sold privately in 12/2013 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98365, $23,500

2 MS68+ PCGS grade
3 MS67+ PCGS grade MS67+ PCGS grade
3 MS67+ PCGS grade

Heritage 3/2013:3411, $7,114.63

5 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade