Liberty Seated Quarters

1838 to 1855

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Pricing Comments:Liberty Seated quarters are probably the most under valued seated coinage denomination. The full date and mintmark set is extremely difficult to complete due to length and individual date rarities. Weak strikes are also an ongoing issue for many dates including weak head and breast details and incomplete definition of reverse feathers. You will find competitive retail asking prices for nice original and problem free coins. Quarters with small issues will be discounted accordingly.

Rotated Reverses:Reverse images are best effort to capture the actual reverse rotation with respect to obverse position. If a rotated reverse is seen in the images, then this is how the quarter appeared during photography and the descriptions may not include specific comments as to the observation.

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There are 43 Coins for Sale. New coin(s) added on April 11, 2017

Photo Date Grade TPG Variety GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Seated 25c 1838 1838
VF30 PCGS
31852877

Original $275 Strictly Original, Medium Gun Metal Gray, Accurately Graded. A classic Seated quarter No Drapery type coin with strictly original surfaces. Surfaces are covered with uniform gun metal gray patina along with some golden hues on the reverse. There are no blemishes on this Philadelphia strike. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder.
Seated 25C 1838 1838
No Drapery
VF20 PCGS
26639618

Original New Price
$145
No Drapery Type, Dark Original Gray Surfaces, Accuratey Graded, Osprey Collection. An attractive 1838 No Drapery offering with uniform darker gray patina that adds golden hues during bright light viewing. Strike is typical for th date with weakness at the upper stars and Liberty's head. There are no obvious blemishes to note. Housed in transitional 2012/2013 PCGS holder with blue label and edge view insert. A quality offering from the Osprey Collection.
Seated 25C 1838 1838
EF40 ANACS
5057939

Original $425 Near Choice, Crusty Gun Metal Gray Patina, Better Than Average Strike, Accurately Graded.. Strike variability is always an issue with 1838 No Drapery quarters. When I can locate an example that is well struck and properly priced, then it immediately heads into GFRC inventory. This is a near choice example with crusty gun metal gray patina throughout obverse and reverse. Please note the complete eagle wings and deeply impressed feathers. There are a few tiny obverse blemishes that held back the quality rating to Original. Housed in a yellow ANACS holder and please don't hold that against this better than average 1838 quarter.
Seated 25C 1838 1838
EF45 PCGS
14087387
Briggs 1-A
Choice New Price
$595
Open Claws, Choice Original, Conservative Grading. A lovely example that is perfect as type set or date and mintmark collection also. Surfaces are fully original and choice without blemishes. In hand, this quarter exhibits an even gray appearance while rbight light inspection of the obverse provides light blue hues surrounding the stars and date while the center has rose coloring. Reverse is similar with the rose being predominate and just a touch of blues at the rims. Strike is consistent with many seen with weakness at the top of Liberty's head and on the stars in right field. Reverse strike is bold with all eagle feather fully defined. Housed in old PCGS holder with blue label and standard ring insert.
Seated 25C 1839 1839
No Drapery
EF40
PCGS
12773571
Briggs Rev A
Choice $585 Choice Orginal, Uniform Gray with Gold Hues, Typical Strike, Conservative Grading, Saw Mill Run Collection. Conservative grading is the rule for this strictly original 1839 No Drapery Seated quarter. The TPG struggle with discerning weak strikes from wear on these shallow relief issues. Surfaces are perfectly original and covered with gray-gold patina. A closed inspection revealed no blemishes whatsoever. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. CAC approval validates the originality and grading. Another quality offering from the Saw Mill Run Collection.
Seated 25C 1839 1839
AU50 raw
Briggs 1-A
Market Acceptable $525 Cracked Reverse, Fully Struck, Uniform Gray Patina, Open Claws.. A sharply struck example in later die state with full bisecting reverse die crack and obverse die crack from Stars 1 and 2 down through left rock and into rim by 1 digit. Rims are particular sharp. Surfaces are covered with uniform ebony patina especially on the obverse and across most of the reverse. The lighter reverse region by UNITED on the image is not as pronounced on the actual coin. As for blemishes, the only issue to note is that the sharp rims attracted a few tiny marks. Fresh from old collection and off the market for years. Not a strictly original example but market acceptable and priced accordingly.
Seated 25C 1840O 1840-O
No Drapery
VG10 NGC
2040989015
Briggs 1-A
Original $75 Crusty Original, Mintmark Left. Accurately graded with natural crusty gray patina throughout obverse and reverse. Device details remain strong, especially on the reverse, while the fields are blemish free. A solid example at a fair price. Housed in new NGC holder.
Seated 25C 1840O 1840-O
No Drapery
VF30 PCGS
24170081
Briggs 1-A
Original $250 Original Gun Metal Gray, Union Bridge Collection. Strictly original surfaces are covered with a uniform layer of gun metal gray patina. PCGS grading is accurate. There are no blemishes whatsoever. A quality example for collectors who appreciate natural gray toning. Housed in transitional 2012 blue label PCGS holder with edge view insert. Please note that the white lines on the upper obverse by cap/pole are holder scratches and not present on the coin. It was too much effort to try to edit these out.
Seated 25C 1840O 1840-O
No Drapery
AU53
PCGS
26792279
Briggs 2-B
Choice HOLD
$1250
Choice Original, Old Album Toning, Accurately Graded, Saw Mill Run Collection. Serious students of the Liberty Seated quarter series will quickly understand and appreciate why this PCGS AU53 1840 New Orleans strike is so special. Striking characteristic are erratic for this date along with most being found in lower circulated graded. This choice example is perfectly original with old album toning at the rims. During bright light viewing, soft orange gold coloring is exposed through obverse and reverse and framed by darker blues and rose at the rims. Strike is complete with nicely rounded stars, complete hair curls and deeply impressed eagle feathers. Housed in 2013 PCGS transitional holder with blue label and edge view insert. CAC approval is absolutely warranted. A special type coin offering from the Saw Mill Run Collection that deserves serious consideration.
Seated 25C 1841 1841
AU55 PCGS
28662635

Original HOLD
$700
Original Gun Metal Gray, Underrated Philadelphia Date, Accurately Graded. An above average example of the challenging 1841 Philadelphia date. Surfaces are covered with a mottled gun metal gray patina that includes rose hues on the obverse and aquamarine on the reverse. This lovely quarter performs well under bright light with the surfaces developing a soft rose and blue coloring. Strike is hammered with all star centrils connected and the reverse eagle feathers and claws being deeply impressed. Blemishes are limited to a single mark below HAL(F) in the denticles that is old time and fully toned over. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with edge view insert.
Seated 25C 1842 1842
AU55 PCGS
33890967
Briggs 1-A
Choice $1225 Choice Silver Gray, Grade Rarity, Accurately Graded. Liberty Seated quarter collectors well understand how difficult the 1842 Philadelphia date is in original AU or better. Mintage is only 88,000 pieces. Few examples are known with the PCGS population report indicating (6) in AU55, (3) in AU58 and (5) in MS62. That is it after 30 years of PCGS grading. Reviewing CoinFacts and HA records indicates that some of the AU55/58 examples don't have much eye appeal. Now let's move to this example which is fresh to market from a new GFRC consignor. Surfaces are lightly mirrored and offer ample residual luster. Faint gold patina is surrounds the obverse stars while the reverse exhibits deep gray within the legend lettering. Strike is superb with all stars having connected centrils while Liberty's hair curls are deeply impressed. The same is seen on the reverse with crisply defined eagle feathers and claws. This is no strike weakness whatsoever. In terms of blemishes, there is nothing to mention either. Die lines are seen from stars 3 through 5 to the rim and validate the Briggs 1-A attribution. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. This piece has not been submitted to CAC and is completely new to the market from an old time type set. Advanced Liberty Seated quarter collectors should give this piece special consideration.
Seated 25C 1842O 1842-O
Large Date
VF35 raw

Original $165 Large Date, Original Medium Gray Patina, Few Obverse Blemishes, West Texas Collection. A strictly original large date 1842 New Orleans struck example. Surfaces are covered by uniform medium gray patina. The right obverse fields has two fully toned over lines and several tiny divots to consider. From the West Texas Collection and suitable for Whitman or Dansco album set.
Seated 25C 1843 1843
VF35 raw
Briggs 1-A
Original $145 Original, Thick Gray Patina, Scarce. Locating 1843 quarters with thick original gray patina will be much more challenging than expected. Mintage is only 645,000 and well below its New Orleans counterpart at nearly 1,000,000 struck. However, the price guides give the advantage to 1843-O examples while Philadelphia pieces remain underrated. Offer here is a lovely example that is about as original as could be expected. Dies are in an early die state with no cracks. The obverse has a few well toned over blemishes but none distracting.
Seated 25C 1843 1843
EF45 raw

Original $175 Crusty Original Gray, Accurately Graded. An original early die Philadelphia strike with dirty medium gray patina. The darker ebony areas are surface verdigris that further validate the original condition. Strike is complete with full head and hair curls along with connected star centrils. Blemishes are limited to a few fully toned over lines on the obverse rim at 9:00.
Seated 25C 1843O 1843-O
Lg O
VG8 raw
Top 25: #5
Briggs 3-F
Original $450 Large O, Original, Medium Gray. A difficult variety to locate considering the obvious Large O mintmark. Offered example is toned a medium to darker gray with strong rims. A close inspection of the reeding indicates some smoothing over and a few small bumps that are seen on the obverse image.
Seated 25C 1843O 1843-O
Sm O
EF45 NGC
3709441019
Briggs 1-C
Choice $625 Choice Original. An above average example with strictly original gray surfaces that are blemish free. This quarter retains some luster and native eye appeal with rose tinted fields under light source. Obverse and reverse strike is bold with full hair curls and eagles feathers and claws. Reverse is easily diagnosed as Briggs C due to the die crack through bottom of (STATES OF AM)ERICA and die polished between 2:00-7:00. Housed in new NGC holder.
Seated 25c 1844 1844
EF45 PCGS
15766782
Birggs 1-A
Original $175 Original, Uniform Gray Patina, Bright Light Eye Appeal, Accurately Graded, West Coast Collection. Wow! What a great Liberty Seated quarter under bright light viewing. In hand and on GFRC images, this 1844 Philadelphia strike has even gray appearance. That gray patina is quite transparent and adding a light source brings on the fun. The obverse shifts to a lavendar center and faint gold surrounding the stars while the reverse is absolutely gorgeous; light blue center with a golden ring at the legend. Surfaces are lightly mirrored and completely blemish free. Strike is above average too. Reverse has die cracks are consistent with Briggs 1-A variety. Housed in older PCGS blue label holder with standard ring insert.
Seated 25C 1844O 1844-O
VG10 PCGS
32624833

Choice $95 Choice Original, Crusty Gray, Mountain View Collection. Another crusty original Seated quarter from the Mountain View collection. Surfaces are covered with a thick layer of gray patina. There are no blemishes whatsoever. Interestingly, the first 4 digit in the date punch has a broken crossbar the likes of which I've not seen before or mentioned in Briggs. Close inspection is warranted. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Seated 25C 1844O 1844-O
VF35 PCGS
14831158

Market Acceptable $185 Even Gun Metal Gray Toning, West Coast Collection. I've attempted to attribute this nice 1844 New Orleans to Briggs book without much luck. Reverse has many die cracks including a vertical crack from left wing tip through olive leaves to rim and also from right wing through AM(E)RICA to rim. Surfaces are a tad reflective under bright light to be strictly original. Overall, the obverse and reverse are toned an even gun metal gray. Strike is bold with all star centrils connected and nearly all hair curls defined. Housed in old PCGS holder with blue label and standard ring insert.
Seated 25C 1844O 1844-O
VG8 NGC

Original New Price
$60
Original Ebony and Gray Surfaces. It seems like 1844 New Orleans quarters are always in demand so I keep stocking them. This example has original surfaces with uniform ebony gray toning and no blemishes to mention. Housed in NGC holder and fairly graded.
Seated 25c 1845 1845
VF30
PCGS
30362863
Briggs 4-C
Choice $160 Choice Original, Even Gray, Tenafly Collection. A lovely 1845 Philadelphia strike with natural gray patina. Accurately graded with CAC approval. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. Another quality offering from the Tenafly Collection.
Seated 25C 1845 1845
F15 PCGS
33285881

Original $100 Original, Crusty Gray, Accurately Graded, Mountain View Collection. Surfaces are strictly original with medium gray patina covering the obverse and reverse. There is nice contrast between the darker fields and lighter main devices. There are a few scattered ticks that are fully toned over. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Seated 25C 1845 1845
EF45 raw
Briggs 1-A
Market Acceptable $235 Original, Gun Metal Gray Toning, Full Strike, Accurately Graded. A lovely 1845 dated example with bold strike and close to AU device features. Obverse is covered with gun metal gray patina that is strictly original. The reverse features lighter gray patina probably from a long ago underlying wipe. Overall, an attractive example and perfect for a Whitman or Dansco album set.
Seated 25C 1846 1846
VF30 PCGS
81757168

Original $165 New April 11! Crusty Original Gray, Accurate Grading, Low Population. The low populations of Liberty Seated quarters never ceases to amaze me when writing descriptions. If Seated quarters were collected at the same interest level as Seated dimes and halves, prices would immediate jump up in a significant way. Case in point is this strictly original 1846 example graded PCGS VF30. PCGS population report indicates only 22 in all VF grades and only 26 in EF40 and EF45 grades. Consider this with respect to a mintage of 510,000. This example is so crusty original with thick gray patina. Strike is uniform and the PCGS grading is accurate. There are a few obverse field blemishes that are fully toned over. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Seated 25C 1846 1846
VF20 PCGS
81058262
RPD
Original $135 Repunched Date, Original, Medium Gray, Accurately Graded, Mountain View Collection. Original surfaces with medium gray patina throughout obverse and reverse. Definitely Briggs obverse 2 with repunching under the horizontal segment of 4 digit and extra ball of 6 digit between final ball and upper loop of that digit. Reverse has no die cracks therefore unable to attribute. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Another nice Seated quarter duplicate from the Mountain View Collection.
Seated 25C 1847 1847
AU Details

Cleaned $175 Cracked Reverse, Reflective Surfaces, Well Struck, Old Clean. A fully strike 1847 Philadelphia example with no question AU details. Surfaces are toned a light rose and quite reflective under bright light. This quarter has been cleaned in the past with some faint porosity on the lower leg. Priced at VF30 monies to sell.
Seated 25C 1847 1847
VF30 NGC
2597612005

Original New Price
$95
Original Thick Gray Patina. Accurately graded with ample device details. Surfaces are covered with a thick gray/brown patina that is quite uniform. A close 10x loupe inspection revealed a very obverse blemishes that are completely covered with toning. Housed in new NGC holder.
Seated 25C 1848 1848
F12 PCGS
30693594

Original $225 Near Choice, Darker Gun Metal Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Woodbridge Collection. A near choice original offering of the surprisingly difficult 1848 Philadelpha date. Surfaces are covered with rich gray patina that is a tad darker at the rims. A Choice quality rating would have been assigned except for one fully toned over mark directly below the shield point. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder.
Seated 25C 1848 1848
AU55 PCGS
15508844
Briggs 2-B
Original $975 Tripled Punched 1, Double Date, Frosty Golden Luster, Bold Strike, Accurately Graded, Kansas Collection. Ex. Saw Mill Run Collection, Triple punched 1 digit. It is always fun to have old friends returning to the GFRC office for another sales visit. Originally from the Saw Mill Run Collction and sold into the Kansas Collection. Now the Kansas consignor is pruning after a serious upgrading effort. This 1848 Seated quarter is accurately graded and strictly original. Frosty devices and satiny fields are immediately evident when viewed. Strike is complete with bold main devices. This piece is accurately graded against strict standards as there is minimal but evident wear. There is one faint toned over obverse line from foot to star 13 that holds back a Choice quality rating otherwise the eye appeal is sufficient for a higher quality assignment. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder. A special offering from the Kansas Collection.
Seated 25C 1848 1848
VF35 PCGS
30807998
Briggs 2-B
Choice $450 Choice Original, Even Gray/Rose Toning, Conservative Grading. A strictly original example of Briggs 2-B with obvious triple punching on the 1 digit and repunching below the final 8 digit. From a wear perspective, I believe this piece is all of EF40 but the reverse strike has some weakness on traditional wear points; the lower right wing, left leg and arrow feathers. When examing the the eagles claws, I see limited wear and EF grade features. Toning is an even gray with intermixed rose. Under bright light, the surfaces turn an attractive light gun metal blue. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder and ready for a new home in a circulated date/mintmark set. The light reverse area between 11:00 and 12:00 on image is PCGS holder lighting reflections and not on the coin.
Seated 25C 1849 1849
F15 raw
Briggs 1-A
Original $115 Compass Point Reverse. This date is difficult to locate in lower circulated grades with a mintage of only 340,000. The offered example is the Compass Point reverse variety. Surfaces are an even light to medium gray with a small mark in the right field by Liberty's right arm. Overall an acceptable example for date and mintmark set.
Seated 25C 1850O 1850-O
VG10 PCGS
18310494
Briggs 1-B
Original $155 Original Light Gray, Blemish Free, Accurately Graded. Just honest wear with all letters in LIBERTY visible. Strong rims and residual details. Accurately graded and residing in older blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert.
Seated 25C 1851O 1851-O
VG10
PCGS
28553692

Choice $825 Choice Original, Attractive Gray/Rose Patina, Accurately Graded. A difficult New Orleans date that is know for less than stellar strikes. The challenge with collecting circulated Liberty Seated quarters is locating choice examples especially when the denomination saw heavy circulation in the deep South. Ths specimen has to be one of the finest available at the VG grade level. Surfaces are perfectly original with just honest wear and a thick layer of gray/rose patina. There are no blemishes whatsoever. Grading is accurate with strong five and half letters in LIBERTY showing along with bold rims on both obverse and reverse. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder. CAC approval is warranted for the originality and superior eye appeal.
Seated 25C 1851O 1851-O
F12 PCGS
29592750

Original $825 Challenging Date, Origina Gray, Well Preseved, Accurately Graded, Woodbridge Collection. A near choice 1851 New Orleans strike with perfectly original surfaces. Mintage is only 88,000 with a low survival rate as indicated by a quick check of PCGS population reports. 1851-O quarters are a rarity in mint state. This example has even light gray toning and is entirely blemish free. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder and an important offering for the Seated quarter specialist.
Seated 25C 1853 1853
A&R
EF40   PCGS
10934973

Original $160 Crusty Original Gray, West Coast Collection. Images well capture the crusty gray surfaces that are strictly original. Another silver coin that is so typical of the West Coast Collection; nearly all consigned pieces have the same thick original gray patina. Surfaces has a few toned over blemishes that are not worth mentioning. Housed in old PCGS holder with blue label and standard ring insert.
Seated 25C 1853 1853
A&R
AU50 raw

Choice $275 Choice Original, Light Gray Patina, Textured Luster, Accurately Graded, Perfect Type Coin. A wonderfully original 1853 Arrows & Rays type coin with semi transparent gray-gold patina. This piece offers a complete strike with connected star centrils, full hair curls and deeply impressed eagle feathers and claws. Under bright light, this piece shifts to a uniform light gold coloring. A quality offering for a Dansco or Whitman album type set.
Seated 25C 1853/4 1853/4
A&R
VF25 NGC
3606000001
Top 25: #12

Choice $295 1853/4 Overdate, Original Medium Gray. A popular Seated quarter variety that has been recognized and listed in the Redbook for years. The extra arrow stem is clearly visible above final stem and validates the 1853/4 variety. Obverse has rose/gray fields and medium gray at the stars while the reverse is toned an even medium gray throughout. Housed in new NGC holder.
Seated 25C 1853O 1853-O
A&R
VG10 raw
Top 25: #13
Briggs 3-E
Cleaned $115 Filled Mintmark Reverse, Cleaned Obverse. A late die state example with maximum amount of mintmark deterioration. The obverse has been cleaned while the reverse retains its natural dark gray toning in the areas surrounding legend and denomination. The reverse condition is exactly as listed Briggs in his Encyclopedia. The bottom horizontal lines in the shield along with lower eagle details and arrows feathers are poorly struck with the legend indicating heavy recutting during the working die preparation process. Accurately graded; this piece is still a reasonable example as a filler until a higher grade example can be located.
Seated 25C 1853O 1853-O
A&R
VF30 PCGS
31470840
Briggs 1-B
Original $175 Original Light Gray. Surfaces are toned ovwr with even base light gray patina along with darker shades on the reverse. Strike is typical for 1853 New Orleans date. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder.
Seated 25C 1853O 1853-O
EF45
PCGS
32000997
Briggs 2-D
Choice $875 Choice Original, Crusty Patina, Accurately Graded. A perfectly original 1853 New Orleans strike housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. The 1853 Philly With Arrows and Rays date may be common but the New Orleans counterpart is much scarcer and challenging to locate choice. Weak strikes are all an issue. This example offers brown/gold obverse coloring while the reverse is covered with thick gun metal gray patina. There are no blemishes to discuss. CAC approval is warranted due to the strict originality and decent eye appeal for an 1853-O quarter.
Seated 25C 1854 1854
With Arrows
AU53
PCGS
18528984

Original New Price
$325
Near Choice Original, Golden Brown Patina, Accurately Grade, Dallas Collection. Another special offering from the Dallas Collection with thick obverse golden brown surfaces. This is a strictly original AU example that would be nice candidate for type set. It should be noted that there is an obverse blemish under the left arrow in the spirit of complete disclosure. This mark did not bother PCGS or CAC as the grading is fair and accurate. Housed in older PCGS with blue label and standard insert.
Seated 25C 1854 1854
AU50 raw

Original $125 Original Luster, Probably Old Dip, Attractive Example, West Texas Collection. Decent residual luster on this 1854 With Arrows example. Surfaces have probably seen an old dip but retain frosty appearance. Typical Type I obverse design strike with weakness at the head and stars. There are a few wispy lines in the right obverse field mentioned for completeness. From the West Texas Collection.
Seated 25C 1855 1855
With Arrows
VF25 raw

Choice $60 Choice Original, Eye Appeal. A lovely original 1855 with arrows quarter that has even medium gray/brown patina. The main devices, stars and reverse legend are surrounded with slightly darker toning as is typical on original pieces.
Seated 25C 1855 1855
With Arrows
VF20 raw

Original $50 New March 20! Better With Arrows Type Coin, Original Surfaces, Accurately Graded. A better With Arrows date as compared to 1854 Philadelphia strikes. Surfaces are original with gray-rose on the obverse and lighter gray on the reverse. Value priced for a type set.
Seated 25C 1855 1855
With Arrows
AU58 raw

Choice HOLD
$325
Perfect With Arrows Type Coin, Choice Original, Light Golden Patina with Blue Highlights, Blemish Free, Accurately Graded. A no question choice Liberty Seated quarter with pretty golden toning along with blues at the immediate rims. A closed 10x loupe inspection revealed faint rub at the left breast and lower leg leading to an AU58 grade assignment. I like this piece a lot simply due to the eye appeal and essentially blemish free surfaces. Strike is uniform and deeply impressed with no weak regions whatsoever. This piece will easily grade if sent to a TPG; I guarantee it.
Seated 25C 1855O 1855-O
F15 PCGS
33454818

Original $450 Scarce New Orleans Strike, Original Light Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Mountain View Collection . 1855 New Orleans strikes saw a low mintage of only 176,000 and are well known for having a low survival rate. Most examples seen will be problematic with few known in AU or better. Even mid grade circulated examples are very scarce thus making this Mountain View Collection example an important offering. Surfaces are strictly original and covered with light to medium gray patina. Strike is uniform with ample device details remaining for the Fine 15 assigned grade. There are no blemishes to mention whatsoever; just a quality offering for your consideration. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder and ready for a home in an advanced collection.