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

1860-S 25C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS61

PCGS XF45

PCGS XF40
PCGS #:
5453
Diameter:
24.30 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
6.20 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
56,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$55,813 • NGC MS61 CAC • 10-27-2014 • 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 275 R-6.5 6 / 49 15 / 114
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 MS61 PCGS grade

Stack’s 9/1989:1126 - Jim Gray Collection - Bowers & Merena 7/2004:2240, $48,300 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98372, $55,812.50

2 AU53 estimated grade  
3 AU50 estimated grade  
4 XF45 PCGS grade  
4 XF45 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS61 PCGS grade

Stack’s 9/1989:1126 - Jim Gray Collection - Bowers & Merena 7/2004:2240, $48,300 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98372, $55,812.50

2 AU53 estimated grade  
3 AU50 estimated grade  
4 XF45 PCGS grade  
4 XF45 PCGS grade  
4 XF45 estimated grade  

Richmond Collection - David Lawrence 3/2005:1452, $31,050

7 XF40 PCGS grade
7 XF40 PCGS grade  
7 XF40 PCGS grade  
7 XF40 estimated grade  

Ron Guth: Like the 1859-S Quarter Dollar, the 1860-S is a rare date that is virtually impossible to find in Mint State.  As such, it is one of the most important condition-rarities in this series, on par with some of the 1870-1873 Carson City issues and the 1859-S.  Conversely, judging strike quality on this date is problematic since so few nice examples are known.  However, looking at the images above, one notes weakness on the third and fourth stars, and also on the eleventh through thirteenth stars, though some of this may be attributable to wear.  Original, uncleaned examples of this date should be worth a significant premium and should be the focus of collectors' attention).