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

1864-S 25C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64+

PCGS XF45

PCGS VF35
PCGS #:
5460
Diameter:
24.30 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
6.20 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
20,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$112,700 • NGC MS68 • 8-16-2006 • Bowers & Merena
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 80 R-8.2 2 / 49 4 / 114 TIE
60 or Better 4 R-9.8 2 / 49 TIE 4 / 114 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 49 1 / 114
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 estimated grade  

William M. Friesner Collection - Edouard Frossard 6/1894 - J.M. Clapp - John Clapp - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1483, $104,500 - Bowers & Merena 8/2006:3078, not sold

2 MS64+ PCGS grade

Benson Part I Sale - Goldbergs 2/2001:1633 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part IV - Heritage 10/2015:98454, $28,200

2 MS64 PCGS grade  

Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30383, $28,200

2 MS64 PCGS grade  
5 MS63 estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 estimated grade  

William M. Friesner Collection - Edouard Frossard 6/1894 - J.M. Clapp - John Clapp - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1483, $104,500 - Bowers & Merena 8/2006:3078, not sold

2 MS64+ PCGS grade

Benson Part I Sale - Goldbergs 2/2001:1633 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part IV - Heritage 10/2015:98454, $28,200

2 MS64 PCGS grade  

Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30383, $28,200

2 MS64 PCGS grade  
5 MS63 estimated grade  
5 MS63 estimated grade  
5 MS63 estimated grade  
8 AU58 PCGS grade  
8 AU58 PCGS grade  
8 AU58 estimated grade  

Ron Guth: The 1864-S Quarter Dollar is a nice, Civil War era rarity with a small mintage of only 20,000 coins.  In fact, this date has the smallest mintage of any Seated Liberty Quarter from the San Francisco Mint.  Naturally, this date is  rare and difficult to obtain in virtually all grades.  The images above give some indication of what is available to collectors -- very few examples, most of which are in low grade.  Mint State examples are exceedingly rare, led by the remarkable NGC MS68 from the celebrated Eliasberg Collection.  It is difficult to tell what nice examples are supposed to look like, as so few are available, but observing the Eliasberg example, we note weakness on most of the stars on the right side of the obverse and just a bit of softness on the eagle's right (viewer's left) leg feathers, and possibly the mintmark.