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

1877-S/S 25C S/Horizontal S (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

CLOSEUP OF MINTMARK

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
5507
Diameter:
24.30 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
6.30 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
8,996,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$25,850 • NGC MS67 • 6-8-2016 • 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 21 / 48 TIE 49 / 114 TIE
60 or Better 60 R-8.4 21 / 48 58 / 114 TIE
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 9 / 48 TIE 19 / 114 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 estimated grade  

Rev. Dr. James G. K. McClure Collection - Heritage 6/2016:4442, $25,850

1 MS66 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 11/2012:3101, $12,650 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30397, $23,500 - Heritage 1/2015:4093, not sold

3 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS64+ PCGS grade  
5 MS64 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 estimated grade  

Rev. Dr. James G. K. McClure Collection - Heritage 6/2016:4442, $25,850

1 MS66 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 11/2012:3101, $12,650 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30397, $23,500 - Heritage 1/2015:4093, not sold

3 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS64+ PCGS grade  
5 MS64 PCGS grade  
5 MS64 PCGS grade  
5 MS64 PCGS grade  
5 MS64 PCGS grade  
5 MS64 PCGS grade  
5 MS64 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1877-S over Horizontal S Quarter Dollar is an interesting, easily attributed variety caused when the engraver accidentally sank the S mintmark sideways into the die.  The underlying S can be seen on the left side of the final S.  Experts estimate that as many as 500 or more examples exist of this variety.  Collectors will be able to find circulated examples with ease, but cherry-picking the variety will not be easy because it is so well-known.  Mint State versions are very scarce in the MS-62 to MS-64 range and exceedingly rare in higher grades.  The finest example certified by PCGS as of March 2011 is a single MS-66.