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

1857 25C (Proof)

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PCGS PR65

PCGS PR65

PCGS PR65
PCGS #:
5553
Diameter:
24.30 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
6.20 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
40
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$23,000 • NGC PR66 • 7-1-2008 • Heritage
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 40 R-8.7 14 / 22 19 / 54
60 or Better 38 R-8.7 14 / 22 19 / 54
65 or Better 5 R-9.7 12 / 22 14 / 54 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR65 PCGS grade
1 PR65 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2013:4228, $9,400

1 PR65 PCGS grade  
1 PR65 estimated grade  

Douglas Collection - Heritage 1/2013:5763, $14,100 - Heritage 4/2013:4229, not sold - Heritage 1/2015:4101, not sold - Heritage 6/2015:3916, $6,462.50

1 PR65 estimated grade  

Phil Kaufman Collection - Heritage 7/2008:1828, $23,000 - Greensboro Collection, Part IV - Heritage 1/2015:3103, $7,050

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

Heritage 4/2013:4228, $9,400

1 PR65 PCGS grade  
1 PR65 estimated grade  

Douglas Collection - Heritage 1/2013:5763, $14,100 - Heritage 4/2013:4229, not sold - Heritage 1/2015:4101, not sold - Heritage 6/2015:3916, $6,462.50

1 PR65 estimated grade  

Phil Kaufman Collection - Heritage 7/2008:1828, $23,000 - Greensboro Collection, Part IV - Heritage 1/2015:3103, $7,050

1 PR65 estimated grade  

Fairchild Family Trust - Goldbergs 5/2001:566 - Northeast Numismatics, sold privately in 7/2001 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30408, $9,400

7 PR64 PCGS grade
7 PR64 PCGS grade
7 PR64 PCGS grade  
7 PR64 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1857 Proof Quarter Dollar, like the 1856, has long been touted as a great rarity, with an estimated mintage of 30-40.  As with the 1856, the grading services have discovered that there are quite a few more 1857 Quarters in Proof than was previously thought.  To prove the point, we note that PCGS has certified 36 Proof 1857 Quarters, to which we must add the 43 examples certified by NGC, adding up to a total of 79 examples.  Even after deducting for resubmissions, it is clear that the "real" mintage of the 1857 Quarter Dollar is closer to 100 Proofs.

The 1857 Proof follows the grading distribution of the 1856, though there are more of the former.  PR63 and PR64 examples are the most plentiful, though all are quite scarce.  Outstanding examples include three PCGS PR65s, and a single PCGS PR65+.  NGC shows three PR66s.

Cameo examples are the exception rather than the rule.  Deep Cameo examples may not exist, as none have been graded by either PCGS or NGC.