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

1854-O 25C Arrows Huge O (Regular Strike)

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PCGS VF20

MINTMARK COMPARISON

PCGS VF20
PCGS #:
5434
Diameter:
24.30 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
6.20 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
1,484,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$12,075 • NGC AU50 • 7-25-2005 • American Numismatic Rarities
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8,500
50+
13,000
53
15,000
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55
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22,000
58
30,000
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 350 R-6.3 2 / 6 23 / 114 TIE
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 6 1 / 114
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 6 1 / 114
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 AU58 PCGS grade  
1 AU58 PCGS grade  
3 AU53 estimated grade  
4 AU50 estimated grade  
5 XF45 PCGS grade  

American Numismatic Rarities 8/2006:427, $9,775

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 AU58 PCGS grade  
1 AU58 PCGS grade  
3 AU53 estimated grade  
4 AU50 estimated grade  
5 XF45 PCGS grade  

American Numismatic Rarities 8/2006:427, $9,775

5 XF45 PCGS grade  
5 XF45 PCGS grade  
5 XF45 PCGS grade  
9 XF40 PCGS grade  
9 XF40 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1854-O Huge O Quarter Dollar is a very unusual variety, because the mintmark is large, misshapen, and unlike the O mintmark on any other coin from this year or from any other.  For this reason, experts believe the mintmark was either re-worked or added by hand to a die that the Philadelphia Mint shipped to New Orleans minus a mintmark (the Philadelphia Mint supplied all the dies to the branch mints, and added the mintmarks before shipping out the dies).  A similar situation occured in 1870, when the San Francisco Mint received a reverse die for a Three-Dollar Gold piece without a mintmark, leading to the unique 1870-S $3 gold piece.  Walter Breen claimed to have discovered the 1854-O Huge O Quarter Dollar in 1954, exactly one hundred years after its issuance.

According to the PCGS Population Report, the certified population of the 1854-O Huge O is roughly half that of the regular 1854-O Quarter Dollar, making it scarce but not rare.  Larry Briggs noted the existence of a single Uncirculated example, but gave no other information.  No Mint State examples have been certified by PCGS.  Rather, the finest examples graded by them are two AU-58's.  Since 1994, the highest price realized at auction by an 1854-O Huge O Quarter Dollar was $12,075 (PCGS estimated grade XF45) in a July 2005 auction.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
Briggs, Larry. The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of United States Liberty Seated Quarters. Lima, OH, Larry Briggs, 1991.