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

1889 25C (Proof)

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PCGS PR68

PCGS PR66+

PCGS PR66+
PCGS #:
5590
Diameter:
24.30 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
6.30 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
711
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$18,800 • NGC PR68* • 1-9-2013 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 600 R-5.8 10 / 25 TIE 38 / 54 TIE
60 or Better 580 R-5.8 10 / 25 TIE 38 / 54 TIE
65 or Better 130 R-7.7 15 / 25 40 / 54
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR68 PCGS grade

Sotheby's 11/1999:22 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98396, $15,275 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 9/2015:122, $15,862.50

1 PR68 PCGS grade  
2 PR67 estimated grade  

Heritage 10/2012:4181, $10,575

2 PR67 estimated grade  

Stack's 6/2005:1257, $10,925

3 PR67 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR68 PCGS grade

Sotheby's 11/1999:22 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98396, $15,275 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 9/2015:122, $15,862.50

1 PR68 PCGS grade  
2 PR67 estimated grade  

Heritage 10/2012:4181, $10,575

2 PR67 estimated grade  

Stack's 6/2005:1257, $10,925

3 PR67 PCGS grade  
3 PR67 PCGS grade  
3 PR67 PCGS grade  
8 PR66 PCGS grade  
8 PR66 PCGS grade  
8 PR66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The Proof 1889 Quarter Dollar benefits from the low mintage of its circulation strike counterparts.  Only 12,000 Mint State 1889 Quarters were made, placing considerable pressure on the Proofs by collectors who need an example of this date for their collections.  Proof examples of this date are fairly plentiful in PR63 to PR65, but anything nicer is decidedly rare.  Cameo examples make up approximately one-fifth of the total population, whereas Deep Cameo examples account for less than three percent. 

The finest 1889 Proof Quarter is a single PCGS PR68 (non-Cameo).