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

1839 25C No Drapery (Proof)


PR64 estimated grade
Image courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions
PCGS #:
5528
Diameter:
24.30 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
6.74 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
2
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$517,500 • NGC PR65 • 4-1-2008 • Heritage
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 1 R-10.0 1 / 2 TIE 1 / 54 TIE
60 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 2 TIE 1 / 54 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 2 1 / 54
Condition Census (Explain)
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR64 estimated grade  

F.C.C. Boyd Collection - Numismatic Gallery “World's Greatest Collection” 3/1945:147 - Numismatic Gallery, sold privately in 7/1947 - John Jay Pittman Collection - David Akers 5/1998:1298, $132,000 - Phil Kaufman Collection - Heritage 4/2008:2375, $517,400 - Heritage 4/2013:4216, $411,250 - Eugene Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98392, $270,250

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR64 estimated grade  

F.C.C. Boyd Collection - Numismatic Gallery “World's Greatest Collection” 3/1945:147 - Numismatic Gallery, sold privately in 7/1947 - John Jay Pittman Collection - David Akers 5/1998:1298, $132,000 - Phil Kaufman Collection - Heritage 4/2008:2375, $517,400 - Heritage 4/2013:4216, $411,250 - Eugene Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98392, $270,250

Ron Guth: The 1839 No Drapery Quarter Dollar is one of the greatest Proof rarities of the entire United States series.  It is believed to be unique, and it is known by only the Boyd-Pittman-Kaufman-Gardner coin in NGC PR65 (see complete pedigree above).  According to Akers, Pittman considered this singular coin one of the highlights of his collection.

At its peak in the sale of the Kaufmann collection, this coin sold for over half a million dollars.  Subsequent sales have seen a downward trend and in the 2014 sale of the Gardner collection, this coin realized just over $270,000, barely more than half its peak price.