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

1859-O 25C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65

PCGS XF45

PCGS VG10
PCGS #:
5449
Diameter:
24.30 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
6.20 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
260,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$25,263 • PCGS MS65 CAC • 4-24-2013 • 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 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 MS66 estimated grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2013:4210, $25,262.50 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 5/2016:151, $23,500 - Heritage 1/2017:5604, $21,737.50

2 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 estimated grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2013:4210, $25,262.50 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 5/2016:151, $23,500 - Heritage 1/2017:5604, $21,737.50

2 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 estimated grade  
4 MS64 estimated grade  
4 MS64 estimated grade  
9 MS63 PCGS grade  
9 MS63 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1859-O Quarter Dollar is a semi-scarce issue with the lowest mintage of the 1853-1860 era.  In fact, after the 1849-O, the 1851-O, and the 1852-O, this date has the lowest mintage of any O-Mint Seated Liberty Quarter Dollar.  Mint State examples are scarce to rare, scattered among the MS61 and MS66 grades.  The PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census consists entirely of coins from MS63 to MS66, any of which would fetch strong prices in the marketplace. 

The strike quality is excellent for a New Orleans Mint product, but falls short of the Philadelphia issues because of slight weakness in some of the stars and denticles.