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

1853 25C Arrows and Rays (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
5426
Diameter:
24.30 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
6.20 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
15,210,020
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$80,500 • NGC MS67 • 2-13-2008 • 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 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
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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.