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

1857 25C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+
PCGS #:
5442
Diameter:
24.30 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
6.20 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
9,644,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$35,250 • NGC MS68* • 11-15-2013 • 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 3,500 R-4.3 47 / 49 TIE 106 / 114 TIE
60 or Better 450 R-6.1 42 / 49 99 / 114
65 or Better 100 R-8.0 30 / 49 77 / 114 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 estimated grade  

Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2013:33372, $35,250

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 estimated grade  

Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2013:33372, $35,250

6 MS66+ PCGS grade
6 MS66+ PCGS grade  
6 MS66+ PCGS grade  
9 MS66 PCGS grade  
9 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1857 Quarter Dollar has the third largest mintage of the entire Seated Liberty Quarter Dollar type (only the 1853 With Arrows & Rays and the 1854 have larger mintages).  That makes the 1857 a perfect coin for type purposes because it is readily available in all grades.  Even in Mint State, over 200 examples have been certified by PCGS alone.  MS64 is the most plentiful grade, but even Gems can be found with relative ease.  In MS67, the population drops off markedly and, in MS68, only a single PCGS-graded example is available.  Recently (11/2013), an NGC MS68 example from the Eric Newman collection set a new record price of $35,250 for the date.