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

1855-O 25C Arrows (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64

PCGS XF45
PCGS #:
5436
Diameter:
24.30 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
6.20 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
176,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$88,000 • MS66 • 4-1-1997 • 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 150 R-7.5 1 / 6 8 / 114
60 or Better 6 R-9.7 1 / 6 9 / 114 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 6 1 / 114
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 estimated grade  

Matthew A. Stickney Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1907:1195 - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1460, $88,000 - Legend Numismatics, sold privately in 4/2008 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98343, $82,250

2 MS64 PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS63 PCGS grade  
4 MS63 estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 estimated grade  

Matthew A. Stickney Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1907:1195 - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1460, $88,000 - Legend Numismatics, sold privately in 4/2008 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98343, $82,250

2 MS64 PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS63 PCGS grade  
4 MS63 estimated grade  
4 MS63 estimated grade  
7 MS62 estimated grade  
7 MS62 estimated grade  
7 MS62 estimated grade  
10 MS61 estimated grade  

Ron Guth: The 1855-O Quarter Dollar is easily the rarest of the With Arrows type.  The mintage is a mere 176,000, a drastic fall-off from the million plus mintage of the previous year's output at the New Orleans Mint.  A look at the PCGS Population Report confirms the rarity -- it has the lowest population of any Quarter Dollar from 1853 to 1855.

Mint State examples of this date are very rare.  The finest example is the NGC MS67 that hails from the Stickney and Eliasberg Collections.