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SERIES: Liberty Seated Quarters 1838-1891
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1842-O 25C Small Date (Regular Strike)

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PCGS AU58

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PCGS AU55
PCGS #:
5403
Diameter:
24.30 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
6.74 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
769,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$74,750 • NGC MS63 • 8-14-2006 • Heritage
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 400 R-6.2 17 / 49 TIE 34 / 114 TIE
60 or Better 2 R-9.9 1 / 49 1 / 114 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 49 1 / 114
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS62 estimated grade  
2 MS61 PCGS grade  
3 AU58 PCGS grade  
4 AU55 PCGS grade  
4 AU55 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS62 estimated grade  
2 MS61 PCGS grade  
3 AU58 PCGS grade  
4 AU55 PCGS grade  
4 AU55 PCGS grade  
6 AU53 PCGS grade
6 AU53 PCGS grade  
8 AU50 PCGS grade  
8 AU50 estimated grade  
10 XF45 PCGS grade  
Gordon Wrubel: If you do not have photos or comparison pieces, there is a way to tell whether you have the rarer Small Date or the more common Large Date 1842-O quarter. Just look at the 8 in the date. Besides having smaller date punches, the bottom of the Small Date 8 is ABOVE the baseline of the adjacent 1 and 4. The Large Date has larger figures and the bottom of the 8 is slightly BELOW the base of the adjacent 1.

Ron Guth: In a survey of the members of the Liberty Seated Collectors Club, published in the March 2008 issue of the Gobrecht Journal, the 1842-O Small Date Quarter was ranked sixth among the Ten Greatest New Orleans Seated Coins: "This is one of the key dates in the Seated quarter series that is very difficult to find, especially in high grade.  Only one mint state specimen was reported in the recent Seated quarter census that was published in Issue #100.  An example graded NGC MS-63 appeared in the Heritage auction at the Denver ANA convention during August 2006.  There was generally strong support for this issue with 59% of the respondents placing it in the 3rd through 9th position in their listing.