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

1853 25C Arr & Rays (Proof)

PCGS #:
5548
Diameter:
24.30 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
6.20 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
5
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$166,750 • NGC PR67 • 4-28-2010 • Heritage
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 5 R-9.7 1 / 1 7 / 54 TIE
60 or Better 5 R-9.7 1 / 1 8 / 54 TIE
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 1 1 / 54 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR66 estimated grade  

Heritage 4/2010:2087, $166,750

2 PR64 PCGS grade  
2 PR64 PCGS grade  
4 PR63 PCGS grade  
4 PR63 estimated grade  

Jerome Kern Collection - B. Max Mehl “Golden Jubilee Sale” 5/1950:1445, $43.50 - John Jay Pittman Collection - David Akers 5/1998:1325, $99,000 - Bowers & Merena 8/1999:141 - Benson Collection, Part II  - Goldbergs 2/2002:704 - Superior 1/2004:287 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98377, $41,125

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR66 estimated grade  

Heritage 4/2010:2087, $166,750

2 PR64 PCGS grade  
2 PR64 PCGS grade  
4 PR63 PCGS grade  
4 PR63 estimated grade  

Jerome Kern Collection - B. Max Mehl “Golden Jubilee Sale” 5/1950:1445, $43.50 - John Jay Pittman Collection - David Akers 5/1998:1325, $99,000 - Bowers & Merena 8/1999:141 - Benson Collection, Part II  - Goldbergs 2/2002:704 - Superior 1/2004:287 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98377, $41,125

4 PR63 estimated grade  

Ron Guth: Proof 1853 Arrows & Rays Quarter Dollars are extremely rare...and confusing.  Some are stone-cold, undisputed Proofs, such as the Kaufman NGC PR66CAM that once sold for $276,000.  Others, like the Norweb and Eliasberg examples, started out as Prooflike Mint State pieces but have subsequently been called Proofs.  Even David Akers had trouble with the Pittman example because it was Proof on the obverse, but not Proof within the shield stripes on the reverse (Akers ended up calling the Pittman coin a Proof; NGC concurred by calling it a PR64).  

Including the Proof-ish examples, there are approximately seven or eight examples known.  One example is held in the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution.  The Kaufman and Eliasberg examples are Cameo Proofs.