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

1853/4 25C Arrows and Rays (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS VF20
PCGS #:
5427
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:
$55,220 • AU58 • 8-30-1999 • Bowers & Merena
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 600 R-5.8 1 / 3 62 / 114 TIE
60 or Better 25 R-9.0 2 / 3 31 / 114 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 3 1 / 114
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
6 MS63 PCGS grade  
6 MS63 PCGS grade  
6 MS63 PCGS grade  
6 MS63 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1853/4 Quarter Dollars is a rare exception to the rule that overdating occurs by stamping a newer date over an older one.  Based on that rule, the only explanation for this overdate is that it occurred late in 1853, when dies had already been created for 1854 Quarter Dollars in anticipation of production in the following year.

In 1988, Walter Breen characterized this date as being "prohibitively rare in mint state."  In the intervening years, several mint state examples have entered the market, modifying the description to scarce.  MS63 and MS64 examples are the most prevalent, and the population data is probably elevated due to resubmissions.  Whether this date is deemed rare or scarce is of little consequence, as collectors are happy to obtain an example on any grade.

The finest 1853/4 Quarter Dollar is a single PCGS MS65.