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

1879 25C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67
PCGS #:
5511
Diameter:
24.30 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
6.30 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
13,600
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$28,200 • PCGS MS68 • 8-8-2013 • 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 2,000 R-4.6 36 / 48 TIE 94 / 114 TIE
60 or Better 400 R-6.2 39 / 48 TIE 94 / 114 TIE
65 or Better 120 R-7.8 39 / 48 TIE 80 / 114 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68+ PCGS grade  

Jason Carter, sold privately in 12/2013 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98365, $23,500

2 MS68+ PCGS grade  
3 MS67+ PCGS grade
3 MS67+ PCGS grade  

Heritage 3/2013:3411, $7,114.63

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

Jason Carter, sold privately in 12/2013 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98365, $23,500

2 MS68+ PCGS grade  
3 MS67+ PCGS grade
3 MS67+ PCGS grade  

Heritage 3/2013:3411, $7,114.63

5 MS67 PCGS grade
5 MS67 PCGS grade  
5 MS67 PCGS grade  
5 MS67 PCGS grade  
5 MS67 PCGS grade  
5 MS67 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1879 Quarter Dollar begins a run of consecutive dates that have delightfully low mintages.  Proof mintages maintained their levels throughout this period thanks to collector demand, and sufficient Mint State examples were saved by collectors such that today's prices are in line with more common dates, but circulated examples are very scarce and sought after.  The surviving population of the 1879 Quarter is higher than any of the subsequent dates with the exception of the 1891, but it compares favorable with the 1880, 1889, and 1890.

Collectors have a nice selection of Mint State examples from which to choose, mostly in the MS-63 to MS-66 grades.  Superb MS-67 examples are very scarce, and the finest examples certified by PCGS are a pair of MS68s.  This date comes well-struck usually, and semi-Prooflike often.  It is one of the best values in the Seated Liberty Quarter series.