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

1859-S 25C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS AU53

PCGS AU50

PCGS AU50
PCGS #:
5450
Diameter:
24.30 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
6.20 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
80,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$48,875 • PCGS AU55 • 8-13-2006 • Heritage
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 300 R-6.4 7 / 49 TIE 16 / 114 TIE
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 49 1 / 114
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 49 1 / 114
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 AU55 PCGS grade  
1 AU55 PCGS grade  
3 AU53 PCGS grade
3 AU53 estimated grade  

David Lawrence Rare Coins, sold privately in 11/2001 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30380, $30,550

3 AU53 estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 AU55 PCGS grade  
1 AU55 PCGS grade  
3 AU53 PCGS grade
3 AU53 estimated grade  

David Lawrence Rare Coins, sold privately in 11/2001 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30380, $30,550

3 AU53 estimated grade  
6 AU50 PCGS grade  
6 AU50 PCGS grade
6 AU50 PCGS grade  
9 AU50 PCGS grade  
9 AU50 estimated grade  

Ron Guth: The 1859-S Quarter Dollar is similar to the 1857-S in that both have mintages in the 80,000 range, making them semi-scarce issues that can be difficult to locate in any grade.  However, where the 1859-S outpaces the 1857-S is in high grade.  Whereas the 1857-S is represented by numerous Mint State examples, the 1859-S is unknown in Uncirculated condition.  In fact, the finest 1859-S Quarters graded by PCGS are only a pair of AU55s.  Why this coin is so rare in Mint State is unknown.  Perhaps collectors didn't care or were unable to obtain nice examples at the time.  The hope is that someday a Mint State example will turn up.  A nice one would fetch six figures easily.