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

1880 25C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67
PCGS #:
5512
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:
$21,150 • PCGS MS68 • 4-23-2014 • 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 2,000 R-4.6 36 / 48 TIE 94 / 114 TIE
60 or Better 350 R-6.3 37 / 48 TIE 91 / 114 TIE
65 or Better 100 R-8.0 37 / 48 TIE 77 / 114 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade  

Heritage 4/2014:5580, $21,150

2 MS67 PCGS grade  

Heritage 4/2013:1979, $6,527.13

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

Heritage 4/2014:5580, $21,150

2 MS67 PCGS grade  

Heritage 4/2013:1979, $6,527.13

2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
Gordon Wrubel: Philadelphia Mint circulation strike quarters from 1879 to 1889 have low mintages ranging from 5,000 to 15,200. The reason for these tiny mintage figures was the Bland-Allison Silver Act of 1878. The Act mandated the minting of prodigious amounts of dollar coins to satisfy Western mining interests. This taxed the Mint's coining and die making machinery which resulted in meager production of sorely needed minor coinage. This situation was not corrected until 1892 with the introduction of the new Barber coinage.
With survival estimates in the 15% range, circulation strike 1879 to 1989 quarters were, and still are, highly sought by date collectors and hoarded by some.

Quickfinder Notes: With the 1880 mintage of 13,600 "business" strike pieces, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish proof-like first strikes from proofs. The same difficulty is encountered when examining well worn specimens. Proof expert, John Dannreuther, notes some positional date differences between proof and mint state specimens. But, on this date, there is also a "tell" on the reverse. On Mint State pieces, the second, recessed, undulation of the scroll from the left is FULL and COMPLETE. On proofs the interior of that part of the scroll has been polished away and only TWO THIN OUTER BORDER LINES remain.
We have noted two proof die EXCEPTIONS to the "COMPLETE SCROLL" rule. One is a very rare "proof only" issue which uses the Type I reverse die of 1872 engraved by James B. Longacre. This issue has a fully struck scroll but can be identified by a DIE CUT from the left border of the shield into the feathers. The second COMPLETE SCROLL die used on proofs is from the Type II reverse hub created by Charles Barber. This die is identified by TWO RAISED LUMPS on the first undulation at the left end of the scroll and also some raised DIE FLAWS at the CENTER of the SHIELD.