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

1881 25C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS64
PCGS #:
5513
Diameter:
24.30 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
6.30 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
12,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$25,300 • PCGS MS68 • 1-9-2005 • Bowers & Merena
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 1,100 R-4.9 31 / 48 TIE 85 / 114 TIE
60 or Better 200 R-7.0 29 / 48 TIE 80 / 114 TIE
65 or Better 50 R-8.5 29 / 48 TIE 67 / 114 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
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  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 estimated grade  
8 MS66+ PCGS grade
8 MS66+ PCGS grade
10 MS66 PCGS grade  
Gordon Wrubel: Philadelpha Mint circulation strike quarters from 1879-1889 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 the demands of Western mining interests. This taxed the Mint's coining and die making machinery which resulted in meager production of sorely needed minor coinage. The situation was not corrected until 1892 with the introduction of the new Barber coinage. With survival estimates in the 15% range, circulation strike quarters of these dates were, and still are, highly sought by date collectors, and hoarded by some.

Quickfinder Notes: Proof expert, John Dannreuther, points out some minor positional differences involving the point of the shield, and the 1 and 8 of the date to the denticles, to determine proof versus Mint State status. The dentilation also offers some clues. On proof issues the denticles are strongly struck and sharply defined. On Mint State pieces, the denticles tend to be more blunt and softer in strike.