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

1856-S 25C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63
PCGS #:
5440
Diameter:
24.30 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
6.20 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
286,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$18,800 • PCGS MS64 • 6-23-2014 • 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 350 R-6.3 10 / 49 TIE 23 / 114 TIE
60 or Better 20 R-9.1 9 / 49 TIE 21 / 114 TIE
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 1 / 49 TIE 3 / 114 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  

Bill Nagle, sold privately in 1/2008 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30376, $18,800

3 MS63 PCGS grade
3 MS63 PCGS grade  
3 MS63 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  

Bill Nagle, sold privately in 1/2008 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30376, $18,800

3 MS63 PCGS grade
3 MS63 PCGS grade  
3 MS63 PCGS grade  
3 MS63 PCGS grade  
7 MS62 PCGS grade
7 MS63 estimated grade  
9 MS61 PCGS grade  
9 MS62 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1856-S Quarter Dollar is semi-scarce in low, circulated grades, but quickly graduates into a condition-rarity at the About Uncirculated level.  Mint State examples are extremely scarce, with just a handful of examples certified between MS61 and MS65.  The finest example is a single PCGS MS65 which seems to have disappeared into a collection, as it has not yet appeared at auction.

Be sure to look at the mintmark on the reverse of any 1856-S Quarter Dollar.  One of the more interesting varieties shows a small S tucked beneath a much larger S.  This variety commands a hefty premium over the "normal" versions.