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

1871 25C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS68

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
5478
Diameter:
24.30 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
6.20 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
118,200
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$32,900 • PCGS MS67+ • 6-23-2014 • 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 300 R-6.4 8 / 48 TIE 16 / 114 TIE
60 or Better 35 R-8.8 16 / 48 42 / 114 TIE
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 2 / 48 TIE 3 / 114 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade
2 MS67+ PCGS grade

Larry Whitlow, sold privately in 6/2009 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30389, $32,900

3 MS66 estimated grade  
4 MS65+ PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 5/2001:1465 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part IV - Heritage 10/2015:98462, $6,483.65

4 MS65+ PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade
2 MS67+ PCGS grade

Larry Whitlow, sold privately in 6/2009 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30389, $32,900

3 MS66 estimated grade  
4 MS65+ PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 5/2001:1465 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part IV - Heritage 10/2015:98462, $6,483.65

4 MS65+ PCGS grade  
6 MS65 PCGS grade
6 MS65 PCGS grade  
6 MS65 PCGS grade  
6 MS65 estimated grade  
10 MS64 PCGS grade  
PCGS Grading Room: The MS 68 specimen riveted the attention of each grader. The condition rarity of the date added to the piece's incredulity. "Where the ___ did this coin come from?!" was heard more than once.

Ron Guth: The 1871 Quarter Dollar was the first date in the series to exceed 100,000 coins since the Civil War.  Even so, it still commands a premium over the mega-mintage dates such as 1876 and 1877.  Uncirculated examples are rather scarce and appear mostly in MS63 and MS64.  There is one standout, a single PCGS MS68, that represents one of the finest examples of any Liberty Seated Quarter. 

This date comes well struck, with luster ranging from hard and chrome-like to frosty, snowy white.