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

1861-S 25C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS AU58+

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU58
PCGS #:
5455
Diameter:
24.30 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
6.20 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
96,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$32,200 • PCGS AU58 • 1-3-2006 • American Numismatic Rarities
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 60 R-8.4 1 / 49 3 / 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 AU58+ PCGS grade  
2 AU58 PCGS grade  

Frog Run Farm Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 1/2006:365, $32,200

2 AU58 PCGS grade  
2 AU58 PCGS grade  
5 AU55 PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 AU58+ PCGS grade  
2 AU58 PCGS grade  

Frog Run Farm Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 1/2006:365, $32,200

2 AU58 PCGS grade  
2 AU58 PCGS grade  
5 AU55 PCGS grade
5 AU55 PCGS grade  
7 AU53 estimated grade  
7 AU53 estimated grade  
9 AU50 PCGS grade  
9 AU50 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1861-S Quarter Dollar is a significant condition-rarity in high grades.  The mintage of 96,000 coins is small, but not low enough to account for the rarity of this date.  Rather, the lack of high-grade examples can be attributed to the distance between the San Francisco Mint and collectors.  Unless the coins were saved and preserved before they entered into circulation, they simply wore down as they travelled east.  The complete lack of Mint State examples confirms this to be the case.  The best that collectors can hope for today is to find a clean, original, problem-free example.  That, by itself, will be difficult enough.