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

1860 25C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
5451
Diameter:
24.30 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
6.20 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
804,400
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$15,525 • PCGS MS66 • 1-6-2010 • Heritage
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 900 R-5.2 43 / 49 78 / 114 TIE
60 or Better 100 R-8.0 35 / 49 TIE 65 / 114 TIE
65 or Better 10 R-9.5 21 / 49 42 / 114 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 estimated grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 12/2010:3529, $5,175

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

Heritage 12/2010:3529, $5,175

5 MS65 PCGS grade
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1860 Quarter Dollar started off the new decade with a substantial mintage of over 800,000 pieces.  Back then, collectors had ample time to acquire nice examples, leaving numerous opportunities for today's collectors to purchase choice specimens.  The PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census consists entirely of MS65 and better examples, and at least a dozen or more examples have been certified by PCGS in each of the MS63, MS64, MS65 grades.  MS66 seems to be the terminal grade on the high end.  Fully struck examples are difficult to find, which may be a limiting factor for the grade.  Virtually all of the examples seen thus far have weakness on some to several of the obverse stars.  Luster ranges from bright and flashy to soft and creamy.  Collectors should look for well-struck examples with good luster and eye appeal -- coins like that should be worth a nice premium today and in the future.