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

1873-S 25C Arrows (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65

PCGS XF45
PCGS #:
5493
Diameter:
24.30 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
6.30 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
156,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$18,800 • PCGS MS65 • 5-12-2015 • 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 500 R-6.0 2 / 5 49 / 114 TIE
60 or Better 25 R-9.0 2 / 5 31 / 114 TIE
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 2 / 5 3 / 114 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 10/2015:3192, $13,512.50 - D.L. Hansen Collection

1 MS65 PCGS grade  

Stack’s/Bowers, sold privately in 12/2012 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98360, $18,800

1 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 9/2010:3936 - Heritage 8/2012:5119 - David Lawrence Rare Coins, sold privately in 9/2012 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part IV - Heritage 10/2015:98468, $11,162.50 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 7/2017:169, not sold

4 MS63 PCGS grade  
4 MS63 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 10/2015:3192, $13,512.50 - D.L. Hansen Collection

1 MS65 PCGS grade  

Stack’s/Bowers, sold privately in 12/2012 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98360, $18,800

1 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 9/2010:3936 - Heritage 8/2012:5119 - David Lawrence Rare Coins, sold privately in 9/2012 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part IV - Heritage 10/2015:98468, $11,162.50 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 7/2017:169, not sold

4 MS63 PCGS grade  
4 MS63 PCGS grade  
4 MS63 estimated grade  
4 MS63 estimated grade  
4 MS63 estimated grade  
4 MS63 estimated grade  

Ron Guth: The 1873-S With Arrows Quarter is a scarce coin in circulated grades, and it becomes especially rare in Mint State.  Virtually all of the Mint State 1873-S With Arrows Quarters are low-end (MS60 to MS63).  Part of the reason for this is because collectors back east paid little attention to mintmarked coins until years later.  Thus, why attempt to seek out a coin from the San Francisco Mint when a perfectly nice example could be obtained more easily, and in nicer condition, from the Philadelphia Mint?

However, there are three remarkable 1873-S With Arrows Quarters that sit at the MS65 level.  All three have been certified by PCGS and ll three have different appearances.  One is brilliant and flashy, one has even, mottled toning, and one is heavily toned.  Choosing the best example is a matter of taste and how the viewer feels about toning.  Thus far, the market has valued the example with the mottled toning the highest of the three.