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

1854 25C Arrows (Proof)

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PCGS PR64

PCGS PR64
PCGS #:
5550
Diameter:
24.30 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
6.20 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
10
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$138,000 • NGC PR66 • 8-9-2007 • Heritage
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 14 R-9.4 2 / 2 17 / 54
60 or Better 14 R-9.4 2 / 2 17 / 54
65 or Better 5 R-9.7 2 / 2 14 / 54 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 4/2015:5034, $23,500 - Kagin's

1 PR65 estimated grade  

Lorin G. Parmelee Collection - New York Coin & Stamp 6/1890:1248 - William H. Woodin Collection (1911), lot 454 - Wayte Raymond 2/1947:407 - John Jay Pittman Collection - David Akers 5/1998:1328 - Heritage 7/2008:1641, $75,000 - Heritage 1/2009:3768, $74,750 - Greensboro Collection - Heritage 4/2013:4224 $30,550

1 PR65 estimated grade  

John G. Mills Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 4/1904 - J.M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1456, $35,200 - Phil Kaufman Collection - Heritage 8/2007:1790, $138,000

4 PR64 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2014:4249, $22,325

4 PR64 PCGS grade  

Jim O’Neal Collection - Heritage 4/2013:4223, $12,925

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 4/2015:5034, $23,500 - Kagin's

1 PR65 estimated grade  

Lorin G. Parmelee Collection - New York Coin & Stamp 6/1890:1248 - William H. Woodin Collection (1911), lot 454 - Wayte Raymond 2/1947:407 - John Jay Pittman Collection - David Akers 5/1998:1328 - Heritage 7/2008:1641, $75,000 - Heritage 1/2009:3768, $74,750 - Greensboro Collection - Heritage 4/2013:4224 $30,550

1 PR65 estimated grade  

John G. Mills Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 4/1904 - J.M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1456, $35,200 - Phil Kaufman Collection - Heritage 8/2007:1790, $138,000

4 PR64 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2014:4249, $22,325

4 PR64 PCGS grade  

Jim O’Neal Collection - Heritage 4/2013:4223, $12,925

4 PR64 PCGS grade

David Lawrence, sold privately in 11/2000 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30407, $15,862.50

4 PR64 PCGS grade  
4 PR64 PCGS grade  
4 PR64 PCGS grade  
4 PR64 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: Proof 1854 Quarter Dollars are exceedingly rare.  Estimates of ten to fifteen examples have been floated about, which seems to be be reasonable (we have images of nine demonstrably different examples, plus there are some examples we have not seen or for which we have not yet obtained images).  The quality of the surviving examples is pretty good, usually in the PR64 to PR65 range, indicating that collectors purchased them and protected them well.  Most are brilliant Proofs, though there are some Cameo examples.  Unlike the Proof 1853 Arrows & Rays Proof Quarters, these are all convincing Proofs.  The examples with the highest numerical grades are two NGC PR66's: one from the Pittman Collection and another from the Eliasberg Collection.