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SERIES: Capped Bust Quarters 1815-1838
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1831 25C Small Letters (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66


PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
5348
Diameter:
24.30 millimeters
Designer:
John Reich
Weight:
6.74 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
398,000
Metal Content:
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
Auction Record:
$117,500 • NGC MS67+ • 11-15-2013 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 3,625 R-4.2 7 / 9 21 / 24
60 or Better 225 R-6.7 9 / 9 24 / 24
65 or Better 21 R-9.0 9 / 9 20 / 24
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Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

American Numismatic Rarities "Classics Sale" 3/2004:533, $36,800 -  James W. Lull Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/2005:680, $41,400 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1081, $55,812.50

1 MS66 PCGS grade

RARCOA “Auction ‘90” 8/1990:644 - Heritage 6/2006:1310, $46,000 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2328, $37,375 - Larry Hanks (as agent(?) - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1079, $35,250

1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS65+ PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

American Numismatic Rarities "Classics Sale" 3/2004:533, $36,800 -  James W. Lull Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/2005:680, $41,400 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1081, $55,812.50

1 MS66 PCGS grade

RARCOA “Auction ‘90” 8/1990:644 - Heritage 6/2006:1310, $46,000 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2328, $37,375 - Larry Hanks (as agent(?) - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1079, $35,250

1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS65+ PCGS grade
6 MS65 PCGS grade

Madison Collection - Heritage 1/2008:2781, $51,750 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1080, $39,656.25

6 MS65 PCGS grade
6 MS65 PCGS grade
6 MS65 PCGS grade  
6 MS65 PCGS grade  
Gordon Wrubel: Quickfinder Notes: 1831 was the year of transition to the new close collar reduced diameter (24mm versus 28mm) quarter coinage. In order to get the best striking results from his design, William Kneass tried two different letter sizes for the reverse die. The Small Letter reverse can be distinguished not only by their smaller size, as they are about as WIDE as they are TALL. The letters are also noticeably FARTHER AWAY from the rim than the Large Letter variety. The Large Letters appear to be TALLER than they are WIDE and are placed CLOSER to the rim. In total population, the Small Letter variety is about five times more common than the Large Letter variety. The Mint State population difference is even more striking with about eight times as many examples graded than the Large Letter variety.