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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.

Top 25 Varieties Information:Just click on the Top 25 Variety # to access detailed information published by Greg Johnson, noted Seated quarter varieties expert.

There are 80 Coins for Sale. New coin(s) added on November 16, 2020

Photo Date Grade TPG Variety GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Seated 25C 1838 1838
No Drapery
EF40 ANACS
2447112
Briggs 1-A
Choice $450 Open Claws, Choice Original Surfaces, Blues plus Rose-Gold Patina, Typical No Drapery Strike, Accurately Graded, Kansas Collection. Price Reduction - July 2020. Superior eye appeal is an a excellent reason to consider this 1838 No Drapery offering from the Kansas Collection. Like other Liberty Seated silver pieces in that collection, attractive blue, green and rose toning colors were the imperative. This offering features deep rose-gold centers and wide bands of peripheral blues on both sides. Surfaces are well preserved with few if any blemishes. Strike is typical for the No Drapery hub design with obverse weakness at the stars and head. Reverse strike is well executed. Under a light source, the deeper blue coloring shift to light sky blue due to residual luster. Accurately graded in its present ANACS old white holder. Another quality offering from the Kansas Collection.
Seated 25C 1838 1838
No Drapery
VF35 raw
Briggs 1-A
Market Acceptable $275 Open Claws, Old Album Toning, Accurately Graded, Faint Rim Filing. Attractive old album toning with ample device details remaining. Light rose within the obverse center is nicely framed by a dark teal ring surrounding the stars and date. The same teal ring is also evident on the reverse. Obverse rim may have been lightly filed but the reeding is undisturbed.
Seated 25C 1838 1838
No Drapery
F12 PCGS
28625180

Original $95 Original, Mt. View Liberty Seated Quarter Collection. First Right of Refusal Event - Sunday September 30 9:00 PM ET - Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with edge insert.
Seated 25C 1839 1839
No Drapery
MS62
PCGS
10260373
Briggs 2-B
Choice $3000 No Drapery, Closed Claws, Satiny Cartwheel Luster, Rich Gold and Brown Patina, Typical Strike, Choice Original Surfaces, Accurately Graded, Sunset Point Collection. Much more eye appeal in hand than on the GFRC images. Rich gold and brown patina covers obverse while reverse is toned rose colored with peripheral aquamarine. Typical No Drapery design strike with weakness at the upper obverse. Accurately graded and housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. Fresh CAC approval. Part of a complete set of Liberty Seated quarters offered by the Sunset Point Collection.
Seated 25C 1839 1839
AU53
PCGS
83677523
Briggs 1-A
Choice $1175 Choice Original, Crusty Brown-Gray Patina, Completely Struck , Accurately Graded, CAC Approved. One sees many 1838 dated No Drapery quarters on the market while the 1839 date is much more challenging to locate. Poor strikes on No Drapery designs are also a substantial issue as few example are struck up enough to appreciate the artistry of Chief Engraver Christian Gobrecht. GFRC is pleased to offer this natural 1839 example that is freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Surfaces are so crusty original with brown-gray patina and some ebony highlights mostly at right obverse rim. Strike is considered complete for the No Drapery design due to pervasive weakness. All stars have connected centrils and all reverse devices are deeply impressed. If one wishes to be exact, there is just a touch of weakness at the top of Liberty's head. Reverse horizontal bisecting die crack is bold and consistent with Briggs 1-A illustrations. Blemishes are limited to a few fully toned over random ticks that are of no consequence. Grading is accurate. A strong offering with CAC approval that deserves special attention by avid Seated quarter collectors. Taken in trade at the 2020 FUN show from a GFRC client. Now back in stock for a second sale.
Seated 25C 1839 1839
No Drapery
VF25
PCGS
28271093
Briggs 1-A
Choice $295 Excellent Eye Appeal, Choice Original, West Coast Collection. Deep blue tones dominate the fields of this No Drapery quarter, while the central devices are lighter, particularly at the creamy-grey high points. The 1839 No Drapery issue is typically weakly struck, but this example retains partially defined stars and decent detail beneath the reverse shield. Briggs 1-A, with a neatly curved date. CAC has approved 41 examples in all grades combined. Housed in a Gen 4.6 (2013-2014) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 25C 1839 1839
No Drapery
AU53 PCGS
30152647
Briggs 1-A
Choice $1150 New October 8! Superb Eye Appeall, Steel Gray Luster, Fully Struck, Aquamarine Toning Ring, Accurately Graded, White Pine Collection . A superior 1839 Philadelphia No Drapery strike with steel gray base coloring that is nicely framed by aquamarine rims on both sides. During bright light review, steely reflective luster radiates and is most pleasing. Strike is hammered with fully rounded stars and all eagle feathers and claws being deeply impressed. Eye appeal is substantial. The third that this lovely No Drapery quarter is handled by GFRC with the first sale on behalf of the Central California Collection followed by the Kansas Collection divestment. The White Pine Collection is now letting this piece return to the market for a new home in an advanced Liberty Seated quarter collection. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 Dupont hologram holder.
Seated 25C 1839 1839
No Drapery
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 1840 1840
Drapery
MS62 PCGS
21514867
Briggs 1-A
Original $1950 Drapery Design, Near Choice Original, Reflective Cartwheel Luster, Light Mottled Gold Patina, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, Sunset Point Collection. 1840 brought the No Drapery to Drapery design with all Philadelphia strikes being from with Drapery dies. Mintage of 188,127 and challenging in low grades. Reflective luster produces active cartwheels under a light source. Light mottled gold is seen on both sides. Accurately graded and housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert that dates back to the late 1990s. The lower reverse foggy appearance on GFRC images is old holder plastic haze. Part of a complete set of Liberty Seated quarters offered by the Sunset Point Collection.
Seated 25C 1840O 1840-O
No Drapery
VF25
NGC
4476684002
Briggs 1_A
Choice $295 No Drapery, Mintmark Far Left, Thick Crusty Gray, Wicked Nice with CAC Approval. A wicked nice 1840-O No Drapery quarter that does not need a description. Please study the images as a JUST BUY IT NOW is in effect. Housed in new large font NGC holder with edge view insert and CAC approval
Seated 25C 1840O 1840-O
Drapery
VF20
PCGS
26340728
Briggs 1-B
Choice $295 New November 8! With Drapery, Better Date, Choice Original, Thick Crusty Gray Patina, Unabraded Surfaces, Accurately Graded. Another CAC-certified beauty that is an Iowa Collection II consignment buyout. This piece exhibits sea-green fields offset by creamy gray shades at the high points. The surfaces are evenly toned with no distractions, and the design elements are outlined by occasional crust, especially within the obverse and reverse shield. The eye appeal is wholesome, as expected for the pedigree. Strike is typical, with soft stars and head, and some blending of the eagle feathers. CAC has approved 34 pieces in all grades combined. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 25C 1840O 1840-O
EF45 PCGS
38856195

Market Acceptable HOLD
$450
New September 26! No Drapery Type, Brilliant Luster, 99% Struck, Net Graded, Woodbridge Collection. One of the better struck 1840-O No Drapery quarters seen with all stars in high relief and Liberty's head missing just a touch of hair details. Reverse strike is complete. This offering is a full AU example that has been net graded due to the obverse seeing an old wipe. The reverse is original with substantial frosty luster. The obverse luster is just a touch too metallic or brilliant to be original. I'm going with a Market Acceptable quality rating thought PCGS net grading has accurately accounted for the obverse surface condition. For those who are not strict originality junkies, this Woodbridge Collection offering would bring eye appeal and a well above average strike to a type set. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
Seated 25C 1841O 1841-O
VF25
PCGS
29420222
Briggs 1-A
Choice $225 Crusty Olive-Gold Gray, Choice Surfaces, Steely Fields, Tenafly Collection.. What a great 1841-O quarter in terms of strict originality! An olive-gold and gray skin covers both sides on this choice Seated quarter. Steely fields are unabraded with the obverse fields turning blue during bright light inspection. Center strikes are weak leading to conservative grading. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 Dupont hologram holder with CAC approval. Another quality duplicate from the Tenafly Collection.
Seated 25C 1841O 1841-O
Double Die Obverse
MS61 NGC
1971702002
Briggs 2-C
Original $1100 Double Die Obverse, Original Surfaces, Thick Creamy Luster, Light Gold Coloring, Typical Strike, Sunset Point Collection. Bold double die obverse diagnostics are seen in the left field stars and on the heavily doubled shield. Luster has a thick creamy texture with mild cartwheels. Surfaces are free of any significant abrasions. The assigned MS61 grade is technically accurate and limited by luster; a common issue for many Briggs 2-C examples. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert. The NGC label reads DDO, FS-001. Part of a complete set of Liberty Seated quarters offered by the Sunset Point Collection. Listed as #3 in the Top 25 Die Varieties set and fairly priced consistent with the pricing table at www.seateddimevarieties.com.
Seated 25C 1841O 1841-O
Double Die Obverse
VF30 PCGS
36106593
Briggs 2-C
Choice $295 Double Die Obverse, Choice Original, Steely Field and Luster, Undergraded, Sunset Point Collection. An attractive example of the #3 entry in the Top 25 Varieties set; 1841-O double die obverse. Frankly I was expecting a VF35/EF40 grade from PCGS due to the strict originality coupled with steely fields and luster. Strike is a tad weak and could have been seen as wear by those not familiar with the variety. Srufaces are covered with light gray patina with the fields being quite active under a bright light. Obverse die doubling is bold under a 10x loupe with the shield and stars 1 and 2 being most distinct. Undergraded and housed in 2015 holder with edge view insert. Yet another quality Liberty Seated quarter offering from the Sunset Point Collection
Seated 25C 1842 1842
Large Date
VG08
PCGS
26467367
Briggs 1-A
Choice $335 Scarce Date, Choice Original, Uniform Gray Patina, Bold Rims, GFRC CAC Buyback. A scarce Philadelphia date in any grade and currently underrated as compared to the price guides. Mintage for the 1842 date amounted to only 88,000 pieces with present day low survival rate due to heavy circulation. This choice original example features nothing but honest wear and bold rims on both sides. A medium gray patina validate the strict originality. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.5 (2011-2013) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 25C 1842 1842
Large Date
MS61 NGC
561075005
Briggs 2-B
Choice $2000 Repunched 8, Choice Original Surfaces, Lightly Mirrored Fields, Reflective Luster, Hammered Strike, Conservatively Graded, Sunset Point Collection. A rare date in mint state with Briggs 2-B being the rarer of two known die pairings. PCGS population in all mint state grades is only twenty (20) as a reference point. This choice original example is part of a complete set of Liberty Seated quarters offered by the Sunset Point Collection. The new buyer will immediately enjoy the hammered strike and rich gray-copper gold patina. Toning melts under a light source to expose proof-like fields and faint gold and blue shades. Surfaces are entirely blemish free and appealing. Luster is the grade limiting issue and a common problem for heavily toned silver coins with proof like surfaces. Overall, close to JUST BUY IT NOW status as I really like this piece and you should too. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert.
Seated 25C 1842O 1842-O
Large Date
F15
PCGS
33480228

Choice $1150 Large Date, Choice Original, Crusty Gray-Olive Patina, Bold Devices, Accurately Graded, Mt. View Liberty Seated Quarter Collection. An attractive 1842-O Large Date example with crusty gray-olive patina on the obverse and mostly deep gray on the reverse. Regardless of the wear, devices are bold and offer much detail. A choice original example that is worthy of its CAC approval. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Another offering from the Mt. View Collection of Liberty Seated quarters.
Seated 25C 1842O 1842-O
Small Date
G06
PCGS
10244480

Choice $850 Rare Small Date Variety, Cameo Eye Appeal, Aquamarine Blue Fields, Full Rims, Conservatively Graded, Kansas Collection. Price Reduction - July 2020 - A popular date punch size die variety in the Liberty Seated quarter series. The 1842-O Small Date was recognized as a major variety as early as 1881, when it was catalogued in John Haseltine’s Type Table. During 2007-2008 timeframe, the LSCC membership voted it number 6 on the list of greatest New Orleans Seated coins. This offering brings a unique appearance as compared to others handled. The aquamarine-blue fields nicely frame the rose colored main devices with cameo contrast. Rims are bold and complete with the coin seeing nothing but honest wear followed by extended storage. Conservatively graded and housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert and CAC approval. Another eye appealing offering from the Kansas Collection.
Seated 25C 1842O 1842-O
Small Date
G04
PCGS
14087388
Briggs 1-A
Choice $650 Choice Original, West Coast Collection. The 1842-O Small Date quarter is a key to the New Orleans Seated quarters, along with the challenging 49-0, 51-O, and 52-O issues. This piece is an honest Good example with no major problems, only pleasing contrast between the grey protected areas and silver devices. The stars and legend boldly emerge from a slate background, while Liberty and the eagle are neatly outlined. The rims are full, and some inner detail of the central devices remains. This piece is distinguished from the Large Date variety by the 1 in the date, which has a flat top. Housed in a Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 25C 1842O 1842-O
Large Date
MS63 PCGS
50233879
Briggs 4-F
Choice $4350 Large Date, Superior Eye Appeal, Choice Original Surfaces, Mirrored Fields, Classic Ring Toning, Completely Struck, Fairly Graded, Sunset Point Collection. If planning to build a mint state set of Liberty Seated quarters, then this Sunset Point Collection offering should be immediately scooped up. 1842-O Large Date quarters are fairly available in circulated grades up to EF45. In AU, the population quickly thins out along fewer in mint state. Let's shift to this example. Mirrored fields and classic old album ring toning are the key highlights along with a complete strike. Center rose and peripheral blues are consistent on both sides. Under a bright light, the obverse shifts to sky blue at the stars. The reverse adds a thin golden arc at the periphery along with blues and a rose center. A really eye appealing example of a difficult to locate choice in mint state. Accurately graded and housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. In hand inspection on a bourse floor is definitely warranted. I suspect that the first collectors to see this piece in hand will buy it. It is that nice!
Seated 25C 1842O 1842-O
Small Date
VF25 raw
Briggs 1-A
Cleaned $1250 Rare Small Date Die Pairing, Dull Gray Patina, Reflective Fields, Long Ago Cleaning, West Texas Collection. Another West Texas better date Seated quarter divestment that is ideal for Dansco or Whitman album collectors on a budget. This 1842-O Small Date die variety offering is an opportunity for those assembling a Redbook set. Surfaces are toned a even dull gray with slightly lighter shades on the reverse. Fields are reflective from an old cleaning. A careful 10x loupe inspection reveals some residual micro hairlines in the right obverse field otherwise surfaces are mostly unabraded. Fairly priced for the preservation state.
Seated 25C 1842O 1842-O
Small Date
F15 PCGS
36518325
Briggs 1-A
Original $2400 Key Liberty Seated Quarter Date, Small Date, Crusty Gray Patina, Near Choice Original Surfaces, Accurately Graded, Sunset Point Collection. The 1842-O Small Date brings a challenging date size die variety to locate with most being found in lower circulated grades. Listed in the Top 25 Die Varieties set as entry #4 with four figure pricing in circulated grades up to EF40. The Sunset Point Collection example remained raw for years and is now freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A strictly original example with crusty gray patina on both sides. Surfaces are entirely abrasion free and choice. Strike is typical with weakness at the right field stars. Worthy of a CAC attempt and not yet submitted. Serious Seated quarter collectors well understand this die variety therefore not much else to say as the quality is all there.
Seated 25C 1842O 1842-O
Small Date
G06 PCGS
27630186
Briggs 1-A
Original $875 Small Date, Crusty Gray, Lenny Rizzo Collection. Strong contrast between the devices and fields is the immediate attraction to this rare small-date variety. Indeed, If circulated coins qualified for cameo status, this piece would be a contender for the Deep Cameo designation. Aside from the visual appeal, the 1842-O small date issue is a popular and long known variety, distinguished by the flat top of the 1 in the date. With status as a Guide Book-listed variety, the demand for this coin is strong, and this piece won't last long. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.6 (2013-2014) holder with the Small Date designation noted on the label.
Seated 25C 1843 1843
MS62 NGC
4477744003

Original $695 New October 15! Lightning Bolt Reverse, Sharp Frosty Luster, Near-Choice Original, Accurately Graded, Twin Lakes Collection. From the Twin Lakes Collection comes a wonderful Lightning Bolt Reverse example with crisp frosty luster and vibrant cartwheels. A continuous gold skin is layered across the obverse while the reverse has partial copper-gold and a patch of vivid aquamarine below STATES. I'm not proud of the GFRC images as the coin is much more attractive in-hand than on the images. Strike is fully executed other than several of the right obverse field stars. Scattered micro line are grade limiting on a technical basis. Fairly graded and housed in new NGC large font holder.
Seated 25C 1843O 1843-O
VF30 raw
Briggs 1-C
Original $225 Rose-Gray and Brown Patina, Original Surfaces, West Texas Collection. An original 1843-O Briggs 1-C example that would be ideal for a Dansco bookshelf album collection. Original surfaces are toned a rose-gray on the obverse while the reverse has more substantial brown shades.
Seated 25C 1843O 1843-O
VF20 raw
Briggs 2-C
Market Acceptable $250 Gray Toning, Glossy Obverse Fields, Southern Texas Collection. Mintage of 968,000 during the early years of New Orleans mint operations. This 1843-O survivor is believed to be the Briggs 2-C die pairing best I can tell from Briggs' illustrations. Both sides are toned shades of gray with the reverse being more uniform. The obverse is a bit too glossy to be original. Therefore a Market Acceptable rating is assigned.
Seated 25C 1843O 1843-O
Large O
VG08 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
Large O
G04 PCGS
29677885
Briggs 3-F
Original $290 Large O, Original Surfaces, Dark Olive-Gray Fields, Circulated Cameo Appearance, Conservative Grading, Cleveland Collection. Price Reduction - January 20 2020. Listed separately by Briggs as the lone 1843 reverse with Large O mintmark. Later captured by the Cherrypickers Guide and listed as FS-501. Always found in lower circulated grades with the finest holdered at PCG being an AU53. This Good 4 example is nicely original with circulated cameo contrast between the dark gray fields and lighter wear points. There are some ancient toned over lines that must be mentioned but not distracting at the grade level. Overall, a wholesale example for a collector wishing to fill the #5 spot, in a Top 25 Varieties set, at a value price. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. The Large O and FS-501 designation is not on the label. From the Cleveland Collection.
Seated 25C 1844 1844
MS62 PCGS
81414612
Briggs 2-B
Choice $1275 Doubled Date, Choice Original Mint State Example, Light Gray with Olive Patina, Fully Struck, Accurately Graded. It is such a pleasure handling early date mint state Seated quarters when the surfaces are consistent with this 1844 example. This piece is perfectly original with obvious validation characteristics. Obverse toning is a transparent light gray that allows ample luster to radiate when viewed under a light source. There is mottled ebony and gold flake toning at the rims that can only be applied by nature. Strike is hammered on the obverse with only a trace of weakness on the eagles lower left leg and feathers. And finally, eye is all there if the buyer understands the appearance of mint state silver. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. I like this 1844 quarter and believe you will also.
Seated 25C 1844O 1844-O
EF40 ANACS
620773
Briggs 1-A
Choice $250 Excellent Bright Light Eye Appeal, Crusty Orignal, Rich Aquamarine-Blue Toning, Repunched 44 Variety, Woodbridge Collection. A choice original 1844-O Briggs 1-A offering with excellent bright light eye appeal. The darker in hand colors melt exposing peripheral blues and rose centers, Typical strike with essentially unabraded surfaces. Accurately graded and housed in ANACS old white holder. A great new offering from the Woodbridge Collection.
Seated 25C 1844O 1844-O
EF40 PCGS
11990588

Original HOLD
$400
Original Surfaces, Uniform Gray-Rose Patina, Well Struck, Conservatively Graded, Saw Mill Run Collection. When first examing this lovely 1844 New Orleans strike, my grading was EF45 or even a tad better. Then I was surprised to see that the PCGS Gen 4.4 holder with an assigned EF40 grade. Really? This is quite the conservative grade. Overall, this example is quite pleasing an well balance. Strike is deeply impressed along with original toning and blemish free surfaces. Bright light inspection reveals blue obverse fields and rose-brown on the reverse with ample remaining luster. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 holder with standard ring insert. Though not CAC approved, this is an above average quality offering from the Saw Mill Run Collection
Seated 25C 1845 1845
EF45 raw
Briggs 1-A
Market Acceptable $220 Gun Metal Gray Toning, Full Strike, Accurately Graded, Southern Texas Collection. A lovely 1845 dated example with bold strike and close to AU device features. Obverse is covered with gun metal gray patina that is original. The reverse features lighter gray patina over an underlying wipe with faint hairlines visible above the eagle. Overall, an attractive example and perfect for a Whitman or Dansco album set, though not technically perfect. Past sale by GFRC in the Sales Archive.
Seated 25C 1845 1845
Contemporary Counterfeit
VF20 raw

Original $95 Antimony Cast Counterfeit, Heavy Mold Tooling Lines, Scarce Early Seated Quarter Date, Ex Richard August Collection. Classic antimony base metal cast counterfeit. Weight of 4.9 grams vs. 6.7 grams for pre 1853 silver mint strike. Heavy mold tooling lines in the left field along with mold pitting throughout obverse and reverse. Normal coin turn alignment. We don't often see earlier dates from the 1840 being counterfeited. From the Richard August Collection.
Seated 25C 1846 1846
EF45
PCGS
30509980
Briggs 3-E
Choice $435 New November 8! Russet-Brown Coloring, Better Philadelphia Date, Choice Surfaces, Iowa Collection II. This piece exhibits toning apropos of the fall season, with russet and brown shades evoking the falling leaves. Higher points on the devices are silver, with crust in the obverse and reverse shields. Well-struck, with all star centers present and some softness beneath the reverse shield. The 1846 quarter is scarcer than the surrounding Philadelphia issues and commands a higher premium, especially in circulated grades. Housed in a PCGS Gen 5.0 Dupont hologram holder (2014-2015) and certified by CAC, which has approved 40 pieces in all grades.
Seated 25C 1847 1847
AU53 PCGS
22104031
J-102
Original $525 Doubled Die Reverse, Briggs Plate Coin, Mirrored Fields, Original Surfaces, Saw Mill Run Collection. The Saw Mill Run Seated quarter collection contains many surprises. Not only is the consignor an avid collector, he is a leading research of the series. This 1847 J-102 double die reverse die pairing just happens to be the Briggs’ plate coin and a rare die marriage. Bright light review exposes fairly sharp obverse mirrors that radiate crisp reflective luster while reverse fields have a frosty component. Untoned centers are surrounded by thin gold arc at the rims. Obverse strike is big and old while the reverse is typical of the die. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 25C 1847O 1847-O
EF40 PCGS
36162119
Briggs 1-A
Choice $950 Scarce date, Crusty Gray and Speckled Ebony Patina, Above Average Strike, Choice Surfaces. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder. Full description shortly.
Seated 25C 1847O 1847-O
VF20 PCGS
84310103

Original $600 Scarce New Orleans Date, Near-Choice, Natural Gray Toning, Typical Strike, Southern Texas Collection. Near-choice surfaces are covered with uniform gun metal gray patina. A scarce New Orleans date in all grades and rare in EF and AU. This quality VF20 example is at the ideal price point for a circulated date and mintmark set. Please remember that the 1847 New Orleans date is notorious for having flat strikes at head and upper stars; this offering is typical of most seen. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
Seated 25C 1847O 1847-O
F15 raw

Original $350 Scarce Date, Thick Crusty Gray Patina, Original Surfaces, Southern Texas Collection. The 1847 New Orleans date has a mintage of 368,000 pieces but survival rates are terribly low. Original survivors are few and far between. The Southern Texas Collection is offering an original raw example that is ideal for a bookshelf circulated date and mintmark set. Both sides feature an even darker gray "skin" that is a testament to the coin's originality. Fairly graded as this New Orleans date comes weakly struck.
Seated 25C 1848 1848
VF35 raw
Briggs 2-B
Market Acceptable $395 Repunched Date, Glossy Light Gray Surfaces, Southern Texas Collection. Briggs 2-B designates the non-Compass Point reverse for 1848 Philadelphia strikes. Date repunching is bold to the left of the 1 digit, also as illustrated by Briggs. This example retains glossy gray surfaces from an long ago cloth wipe. The surfaces have mostly recovered with an acceptable coloring thus the Market Acceptable quality rating. Priced accordingly.
Seated 25C 1849 1849
VF35 raw
Briggs 1-A
Original $165 Compass Point Reverse, Original Surfaces, Scattered Marks, Southern Texas Collection. if building a circulated Dansco set of mid-circulated grade Seated quarters, this raw VF35 1840 Compass point might "fit the bill". Fairly graded as close to EF40 but with some obverse contact marks in the fields. A light gray piece with peripheral gold and worthy of an Original quality rating.
Seated 25C 1849O 1849-O
F12 raw
Briggs 1-A
Cleaned $1650 Key Date, R5+ Rarity at Grade, Gray-Rose Patina, Lightly Wiped, West Texas Collection.. There must be dozens of Dansco or Whitman Liberty Seated quarter collections that lack the 1849-o and big four Carson City dates. The 1849-O remains underrated and so scarce in all grades. Luckily for album collectors, the West Texas Collection is divesting a reasonable 1849-O example with full Fine 12 device details. This piece has seen a light wipe on the lower obverse and right obverse. The light gray patina has been removed in those areas as a contrast to the regular toning. A ancient line also runs from the rim down through Liberty's head to the right facing arm. Definitely not perfect, but at the same time, enough original color remains to fit in well with original pieces in a Dansco album.
Seated 25C 1849O 1849-O
G06 PCGS
39848219

Choice $1850 New October 27! Elusive New Orleans Date, Natural Coin Gray Patina, Conservative Grading. An extremely scarce Liberty Seated quarter scarce issue from a mintage of just 16,000 pieces. The appearance of a choice 1849-O quarter on the market is a big deal given the number of collections missing this date. A wholesome example with natural coin gray coloring and conservative grading. Unquestionably original and choice with no abrasions worthy of mention and verdigris in the protected areas. Rim are elevated and bold. Clearly superior in quality to the last G06 example to reach the market. See CoinFacts and the last two auction records of the same coin. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
Seated 25C 1850O 1850-O
EF45
PCGS
13363335
Briggs 2-C
Choice $950 Choice Original, Lightly Mirrored Fields, Saw Mill Run Collection "Duplicates" Sale. Lightly mirrored fields reveal gold and grey shading on this better-date New Orleans quarter. The strike is typical for the 1850-O, with flat stars and eagle feathers blending together. Briggs 2-C, with the date sloping downward, while the mintmark is high and punched left of center. Although the detail is not sharp, the originality factor is high, with unmolested surfaces and only normal circulation wear at the high points. CAC has certified just 31 pieces. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 25C 1850O 1850-O
EF45
PCGS
39317837
Briggs 1-B
Choice $950 Choice Original, Above Average Strike, Residual Luster, GFRC CAC Buyback. Original surfaces are the hallmark of this CAC-approved example, hairline-free and smooth for the grade. Mottled areas of deep blue toning grace a medium background of grey, gold, and rose. Residual luster peeks out from the protected areas. Strike is typical, with a few flat stars and a lightly impressed date. Briggs 1-B, with the mintmark to the right and downward sloping date. CAC has approved 31 pieces in all grades combined, with 15 above EF45. Such coins are not easily located, and, if building an XF/AU set, this piece would be an ideal example. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder (2015-date).
Seated 25C 1850O 1850-O
MS63 PCGS
21713995
Briggs 1-A
Choice $4500 Challenging In Mint State, Mirrored Fields, Reflective Cartwheel Luster, Heavily Rusted Obverse, Completely Struck, Choice Surfaces, Accurately Graded, Sunset Point Collection. The 1850-O is a surprisingly scarce issue in Mint State despite a respectable (by early O-mint standards) mintage of 412,000 pieces. Most of these coins were either heavily circulated or melted. Typically struck for the issue, the stars are a little soft on the obverse and heavy die rust shows over the obverse devices. Both sides display a thin coating of silver-gray patina, otherwise the fields are lightly mirrored. Pre-1853 Seated quarters from New Orleans are scarcer than their Philadelphia counterparts, and the 1850-O is especially rare in Mint State. This golden-toned MS63 example is among the finest-known. A quick check of auction records, for this date, revealed that most mint state survivors will have similar golden toning bands. PCGS population report indicates seven at the MS63 level with only one finer. Luster is reflective and the strike is sharp. Liberty's figure shows moderate die rust consistent for the Briggs 1-A die pairing. Accurately graded and housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert that dates back to the late 1990s. Part of a complete set of Liberty Seated quarters offered by the Sunset Point Collection.
Seated 25C 1850O 1850-O
VF25 PCGS
29100386
Briggs 1-A
Choice $245 Consignor Buyout, Price Reduction - Choice Original, Crusty Gray Patina, Well Struck. Deep gray and copper fields surround the lighter central figures on this better-date New Orleans quarter. A few marks are evident within the reverse shield, but the fields are smooth for the grade. Briggs 1-A with the mintmark to the left. The strike is typical for the issue, with flat stars and weakness in the date. Housed in a PCGS Gen 5.0 (2014-2015) Dupont hologram holder.
Seated 25C 1850O 1850-O
VF20 PCGS
39175699
Briggs 1-B
Choice $250 Superb Eye Appeal, Reflective Fields, No Question Original and Choice . 1850 New Orleans quarters don't typically come nice. Either the strike is weak or the surfaces have issues from extended periods in circulation. This 1850-O Briggs 1-B has neither issues. Strike is well defined or about as good as one can expect. Surfaces are unabraded and pleasing to my eyes. Fields still retain some steely luster when examined under a light source. Reverse offers wonderful circulated cameo appearance given the dark ebony-blue fields. No CAC attempt to my knowledge but worthy. Conservatively graded and housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
Seated 25C 1851 1851
EF40
PCGS
80668416
Briggs 1-A
Choice HOLD
$825
New November 8! Better Philadelphia Date, Choice Original Surfaces, Crusty Olive-Gray Patina. This is an underrated Philadelphia date, due to silver arbitrage prior to the 1853 Coinage Act, and thus more scarce than its reported mintage of 160,000 coins might indicate. This piece exhibits multiple colors and is a delight to examine under a light. Gray fields lead to iridescent hues in the stars and legend, with silver highlights gracing the device high points. Seated quarters of this era exhibit a strong depth of relief, with Liberty and eagle rising well above the surface planes. CAC has approved just 26 pieces in all grades. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with CAC approval.
Seated 25C 1851 1851
EF40
PCGS
84309046

Choice $875 Underrated Pre-1853 Melt Date, Choice Original Surfaces, Light Charcoal Gray Patina, CAC Approval. Locating 1851 Philadelphia Seated quarters in choice original condition will prove to be a challenging pursuit. Total mintage was only 160,000 pieces followed by heavy circulation and low survival rates due to pre-1853 silver bullion arbitrage. This date is a no question scarce issue with a surviving population similar to its 1851-O counterpart, which is considered to be rare. CAC has only stickered 23 total with 11 better than this EF40 specimen. Most of these are probably locked up in strong collector hands. The offered example sports light charcoal gray patina with darker shades immediately around the major devices. Choice surfaces retain some residual luster that becomes apparent under a light source. Strike is typical for the date. This piece should fit nicely into a Liberty Seated date and mintmark set which has emphasis on CAC approved pieces. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with CAC approval.
Seated 25C 1851 1851
VF25
PCGS
28822840

Choice $675 Underrated Date, Choice Original, Gun Metal Gray Patina, Eye Appeal, Accurately Graded, GFRC CAC Buyback. A popular and quite scarce date due to larger denomination coinage exporting to Europe and melting during the 1850-1853 silver arbitrage era. A well preserved and fully choice example that sells immediately whenever consigned to GFRC; this is its third visit to the price list. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.5 (2013-2014) holder with CAC approval. CAC approval recognizes the strict originality and accurate grading.
Seated 25C 1851 1851
MS64 PCGS
6560890
Briggs 1-A
Choice $4000 Near Gem Original, Sunset Point Collection. 1851 Philadelphia strikes are a semi-scarce issue with small mintage of only 160,000 coins. The surviving population is similar to that of the 1851-O, which is generally considered to be more rare. Many of the 1851 Philadelphia and New Orleans strikes were probably exported to Europe for melting. On this Briggs 1-A survivor, many vertical lines extend upward into the horizontal lines on the reverse shield. Strike is complete and sharp. Under alight source, brilliant reflective luster tickles the eyes. A light, mint-caused grease mark crosses Liberty's outstretched shin. Attractive nonetheless, with flashy surfaces and mint-fresh appeal. Accurately graded and housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert that dates back to the late 1990s. Part of a complete set of Liberty Seated quarters offered by the Sunset Point Collection.
Seated 25c 1851 1851
EF45 raw
Briggs 1-A
Original $875 Underrated Date, Original Light Gray, Residual Luster, Fully Struck, Sunset Point Collection. A date that is much scarcer than its mintage would imply. Few examples are seen, and when arriving to market, bringing strong premiums over the price guides. The original example is fully struck with light gray surfaces. Residual luster is immediately evident during bright light viewing. An important offering from the Sunset Point Collection of Liberty Seated Quarter duplicates.
Seated 25C 1851O 1851-O
VG10
PCGS
28553692

Choice $795 Scarce New Orleans Issue, Choice Original, Attractive Gray/Rose Patina, Accurately Graded, Blemish Free. Mintage of only 88,000 strikes with low survival rate. A difficult New Orleans date that is known 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. This 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 PCGS Gen 4.6 (2013-2014) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 25C 1851O 1851-O
F12 PCGS
21636612
Briggs 1-B
Original $875 Near-Choice, West Coast Collection. The 1851-O is one of the most challenging pieces in the Seated quarter set, beginning with a mintage under 100,000 pieces. The Coinage Act of 1853 likely caused much of this small mintage to be melted, with the result that survivors are legitimately rare. Deep gold-grey blankets the obverse of this example, while the reverse is lighter with occasional crust in the eagle. Briggs 1-B, with mintmark placed to the left. CAC has approved a mere twenty pieces in all grades combined - few cared about these at the time of issue, and the survival of quality pieces was strictly a matter of chance. Housed in a Gen 4.1 (2002-2004) holder.
Seated 25C 1852 1852
AU53 NGC
4251137009
Briggs 2-B
Original $775 Business Strike Dies, Scarce Date, Residual Frosty Luster, Faint Rose Toning, Rev. McClure Pedigree. Housed in new large font NGC holder with Rev. Dr. James G. K. McClure pedigree on the label.
Seated 25C 1852 1852
AU50 PCGS
37193506
Briggs 2-B
Original $825 Choice Original, Heavily Cracked Reverse die. The 1852 quarter is a sleeper in the series, and the stated mintage does not reflect its true rarity. Many of these were melted following the Coinage Act of 1853, which lowered the silver content of the quarter. Just like the pre-1965 silver coinage of our own era, examples quickly disappeared from circulation, and many made their way to the smelters. This piece is accurately graded with no issues. Silver toned with a bit of crust in the protected areas, attesting to the originality of the coin, and well-struck with mostly complete star centers. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder, hand selected from the Orchard Collection's Dansco album, and freshly graded.
Seated 25C 1852O 1852-O
VF25
PCGS
16026337
Briggs 1-A
Choice $1985 New November 16! Price Reduction - Consignor Buyout! Challenging New Orleans Date, Circulated Cameo Eye Appeal, Choice Original Surfaces, CAC Approval. Attractive 1852-O quarters, even with a low mintage to begin with, are surprisingly tough. Even at the VF25 level, CAC has graded only eight pieces finer than the present example, six of which remain in the VF band. This circulated cameo example features even, deep gray fields, while the silver central figures reveal pleasing contrast. The strike is typical, as production standards at the New Orleans Mint simply were not at the same level as their counterpart in Philadelphia. Virtually no one plucked these coins from circulation at the time of issue, except for silver speculators taking advantage of the weight reduction mandated in 1853. Survival was thus a matter of chance, and the survival of pleasing examples such as this even more unlikely. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 25C 1853 1853
Arrows & Rays
AU58
PCGS
35878873

Choice $800 New November 8! Arrows & Rays Type, Frosty Luster, Complete Strike, Iowa Collection II. Always desirable as a one-year type, the Arrows and Rays design takes advantage of the open space in the No Motto concept, adding a "glory" of rays around the eagle. This piece is largely silver toned, with russet and brown highlights, and retains substantial original luster. The strike is strong with defined stars and pinpoint detail beneath the reverse shield. Light crust at the rims completes the package. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 holder (2015-date) with CAC approval.
Seated 25C 1853 1853
Arrows & Rays
EF45 PCGS
83897580

Original $180 Arrows & Rays Type, Gun Metal Gray Patina, Near-Choice Original, Pikes Peak Collection. A no question original 1853 Arrows & Rays quality with natural gun metal gray patina and reverse verdigris inside the rays. Strike is nearly complete with only the upper right field stars lacking connected centrils. Ideal for type collectors on a budget. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.5 (2011-2013) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 25C 1853 1853
Arrows & Rays
EF40 PCGS
33004066

Original $185 Arrows & Rays Type, Untoned Surfaces, Residual Luster, Southern Texas Collection. An 1853 Arrows & Rays type offering with untoned surfaces and residual frosty luster. I suspect that this Seated quarter was dipped prior to be holdered and is priced accordingly. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
Seated 25C 1853 1853
No Arrows
F12 PCGS
30192452

Original $2150 No Arrows, Original, Mt. View Liberty Seated Quarter Collection. The 1853 No Arrows date is well recognized as one of the Liberty Seated quarter series rarities. Mintage is report at 44,200 with two delivers of about equal amounts in February 9 and 17, 1853. As the value of silver bullion content exceeded face value, many were immediately exported and melted producing a rare collectible for present day numismatists. PCGS population reports indicate single digit population in most grades with limited auction appearances. As a result of the Mt. View Collection arriving to the market, GFRC now has a substantial hoard of 153 No Arrows quarters that is contrary to their rarity. This Fine 12 example has a base gray toning layer that is overlaid with mottled aquamarine-olive shades on both sides. Surfaces quality is consistent with the assigned grade and essentially unabraided. Strike is typical for the date and residual device details are quite adequate for a mid circulated grade date and mintmark set. From the Mt. View Collection and worthy of special consideration. Accurately graded and housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder with edge view insert.
Seated 25C 1853 1853
No Arrows
VG10 PCGS
82207205
Briggs 1-A
Original $2000 No Arrows, Rare Date, Low Survival Rate, Original Medium Gray Surfaces, Woodbridge Collection. The 1853 No Arrows date was a short lived issue as the Philadelphia mint transitioned quickly to the Arrows and Rays design, early in 1853, to denote a lower silver weight planchet. Mintage is reported at 44,200 and I suspect that many were caught up with silver arbitrage along with quarters and halves dated 1851 and 1852. The Woodbridge Collection is back with a solidly original VG10 graded duplicate. Fields are toned a medium gray with lighter colored devices. Five full letters of LIBERTY are present. A rare issue with GFRC handling only six certified survivors in all grade levels since starting business in early 2014. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
Seated 25C 1853/4 1853/4
Arrows & Rays
EF40
PCGS
13589061
Briggs 1-A
Choice $550 Choice Original, West Coast Collection. The 1853 Arrows & Rays quarter is a high-mintage issue with a large number of die varieties. This, the 1853/4, is listed in the Guide Book and has long been a favorite of cherrypickers. The present example features medium, even grey fields, dotted with crust on the obverse, while the reverse is more uniform in color. The CAC population is 22 pieces, a low number and reflective of the challenge in assembling a fully original set of Seated quarters. Housed in a Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 25C 1853/4 1853/4
Arrows & Rays
MS63 PCGS
50074623
Briggs 1-A
Choice $3450 1853/4 Popular Overdate, Late Die State, Golden Frosty Luster, Active Cartwheels, Completely Struck, Choice Original Surfaces, Sunset Point Collection. A popular 1853/4 overdate specimen in the Liberty Seated quarter series. Obverse die is found in a late die state with the remnants of the last three digits and arrow visual under the final date punch. The under type can be found inside the upper loop of the 8, along the outside stand of the 5, and within the upper loop of the 3 digit. In addition, the right arrow shaft on the obverse has also been repunched. At the Mint State grade level, this die variety is rare with PCGS population report indicating six graded MS63 and another six finer. This choice original example offers frosty golden luster and active cartwheels. Surfaces are minimally marked for the grade. Strike is complete on both sides with no points of weakness for this picky cataloguer. Fairly graded and housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert that dates back to the late 1990s. Part of a complete set of Liberty Seated quarters offered by the Sunset Point Collection.
Seated 25c 1853O 1853-O
Arrows & Rays
EF45 NGC
1746824011
Briggs 1-A
Choice $725 Choice Original, Gun Metal Gray-Blue Patina, Bold Obverse Strike, Accurately Graded, Sunset Point Collection. No rays through center of mintmark variety. A lovely 1853 New Orleans surviving example with bold obverse strike and perfectly original surfaces. A choice original quality rating has been applied due to the superior bright light performance that is stunning. The darker olive gray patina is quite transparent and simply melts to expose sky blue fields and golden stars when viewed under a light source. The color transition is much more apparent on the obverse while the reverse shifts to combination blues and rose hues. There are some minor blemishes in the right obverse field but the bright light performance far outweighs those marks. Housed in old NGC holder with standard white ring insert and smaller reverse hologram . A choice original duplicate from the Sunset Point Collection that deserves special consideration.
Seated 25C 1853O 1853-O
Arrows & Rays
EF40 PCGS
29674864
Briggs 3-E
Choice $425 Arrows & Rays New Orleans Type, Bold Strike, Golden-Gray Patina, Choice Surfaces, Lenny Rizzo Collection. I'm generally not a fan of 1853-O Seated quarters as most come with marginal strikes and/or weakly hubbed working dies. Many also have problems from circulating extensively in the deep south after silver planchet weight adjustments. Those concerns are quickly erased by this choice early die state Briggs 3-E specimen. One can always count on Lenny Rizzo to offer above average items within consignments. This offering features a strike that is deeply impressed with typical upper obverse weakness that could be as hubbed. Reverse strike is hammered. A light golden-gray patina is transparent to the underlying luster than still remains. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 Dupont hologram holder.
Seated 25C 1853O 1853-O
Arrows & Rays
VF30 raw
Briggs 2-C
Original $225 Natural Brownish-Gray, Original Surfaces, Some Obverse Chatter, Southern Texas Collection. An original 1853-O Seated quarter offering from the Southern Texas Collection that would be ideal for a mid-circulated grade Dansco or Whitman bookshelf collection. Surfaces are strictly original with brownish-gray patina. The obverse has a bit of field chatter while reverse is unabraded. The Briggs 2-C attribution has been assigned but I'm no certain on the obverse attribution accuracy. Briggs leaves a lot to be desired for the 1853-O date.
Seated 25C 1854 1854
With Arrows
MS64 NGC
1704861002

Choice $2150 Gorgeous Eye Appeal, Near Gem Original Surfaces, Stunning Reflective Cartwheels, Rose-Gold Mirrors, Completely Struck, Accurately Graded, Sunset Point Collection. A special note to the GFRC community is in order concerning a certain gorgeous 1854 Arrows quarter from the Sunset Point Collection. JUST BUY IT NOW is the recommendation for either a mint state type set or a Liberty Seated date set. I'm thoroughly enjoying mirrored fields and resulting reflective cartwheels during description writing. Vertical die polish lines, on the obverse, are evident with 10x loupe. Both sides are covered with a transparent rose-gold skin that adds to the viewing delight. The reverse toning is more intense than the obverse. Strike is completely executed with high relief devices and motifs. Accurately graded and housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert that dates back to the late 1990s. Part of a complete set of Liberty Seated quarters offered by the
Seated 25C 1854 1854
With Arrows
EF45 PCGS
29408408

Original $160 Consignor Buyout, Price Reduction - With Arrows Type, Original Gray. The 1854 With Arrows quarter is always popular as a two-year type coin, and, even though a more common issue, quarters collectors building date and mintmark sets still require an example of each emission. Russet tones peak from the protected areas of this piece, more so on the reverse, surrounding silver and grey fields. Strike is typical with a few stars not completely detailed. Housed in a PCGS Gen 5.0 (2014-2015) Dupont hologram holder.
Seated 25C 1854O 1854-O
Crumbled Die
F15
NGC
2089164002

Choice $495 Crumbled Die Obverse, Choice Original, GFRC CAC Buyback. The 1854-O crumbled die variety is marked by eroding detail in the date and right arrow. As the die disintegrates, detail becomes less sharp and misshaped. The crooked points in the stars further attest to this effect. The New Orleans Mint was busy this year and likely more concerned about quantity than quality. This example is heavily toned, especially on the reverse, with varied shades of grey on the obverse and reverse hues of gold and blue. Despite the striking issues, this is a premium quality example with no distracting marks or apparent signs of "conservation." Many times rarer than the Huge O die variety of the same year. Housed in a new large font NGC holder with CAC approval.
Seated 25C 1854O 1854-O
Huge O
VG10
PCGS
16636799
Briggs 1-A
Choice $1300 Huge O, Well Preserved, Choice Surfaces, Top 25 Varieties Set, West Coast Collection. The appeal of the 1854-O Huge-O variety is undeniable, with a fat, prominent mintmark and significant reverse detail effaced by die polishing. This example exhibits silver color with grey streaks traversing the obverse, while the reverse shading is somewhat more even. Liberty and the eagle are both outlined in grey, leading to silver fields with deeper shades at the rims. Varieties that are plainly visible to the naked eye attract more collector interest, and the Guide Book listing of the "Huge-O" is no surprise, making this one of the most popular varieties in the series. CAC has approved 29 pieces. Housed in a Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 25C 1854O 1854-O
With Arrows
MS62 NGC
1774406002
Briggs 1-D
Original $1950 Near Choice Original, Sunset Point Collection. Description added! Another high-grade branch Mint piece from the Sunset Point collection. The 1854-O Seated quarter is somewhat available in unc but remains more elusive than its Philadelphia counterpart. This example is mostly brilliant with a light cover of chestnut toning over the figure of Liberty. A few hairlines in the left obverse field limit the technical grade, but there are no other marks of note. The strike is complete with detailed star centers. Briggs 1-D, identified by the die scratch in the reverse dentil above M. This issue is rich with varieties, and new discoveries likely await. Why not get started with this piece? Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert.
Seated 25C 1854O 1854-O
With Arrows
AU55 PCGS
35037374

Choice $700 New October 15! Rim Cuds Below Date, Brilliant Frosty Luster, Peripheral Gold, Twin Lakes Collection. 1854 New Orleans Seated quarter survivors are weakly represented in today's market as compare to nearly 1.5 million pieces struck. Like most New Orleans issues, coinage went into general circulation in the Deep South and remained there for years. Choice survivors are infrequently seen. This Twin Lakes Collection AU58 offering is noteworthy for its excellent preservation and brilliant frosty luster. Bright light viewing pleasurable as this piece performs on both sides. Strike is essentially hammered with moderately worn dies that have numerous spider cracks. Important to note is the rim cud below the date digits. Fields have a minor amount of micro chatter that is of no consequence. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
Seated 25C 1854O 1854-O
With Arrows
VF30 raw
Briggs 3-B
Original $450 Crumbled Die Obverse, Original Medium Gray Toning, Very Scarce Top 25 Seated Quarter Variety, Cleveland Collection . Price Reduction - January 20 2020. The Crumbled Die obverse is many time more elusive that its Huge O counterpart but priced at a lower level. This example is one of the few encountered since operating GFRC. Die erosion around the date digits is severe with a broken right arrow typical of a very late die state. Surfaces are covered with gun metal gray patina and two blemishes to note for 100% disclosure. There is one chatter mark in the left obverse field by star 3 and some impact on the lower left facing forearm along with an ancient rim bruise by star 6. A raw specimen that is fairly graded at the VF30 level. An important Top 25 Seated Quarter variety duplicate from the Cleveland Collection. Considering the asking price, there is much rarity value here as this die variety becomes more well known and popular.
Seated 25C 1855 1855
With Arrows
AU58 PCGS
84680897

Original $395 Price Reduction October 12, 2019 - Perfect With Arrows Design Type, Near Choice Original, Creamy Frosty Luster, Natural Silver-Gold Patina, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, Twins Lakes Collection. Some collectors may not know that 1855 Philadelphia strikes are the better "With Arrows" date for Liberty Seated dimes, quarters and halves. Mintages dropped off after the first two years of providing lower silver weight coinage. Natural silver gray patina and frosty luster are the highlights of this 1855 Philadelphia struck example. Luster has a creamy texture under a light source. Ebony toning flakes are seen mostly on the obverse. Strike is typical with nearly all stars have connected centrils. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. Another quality offering from the Twin Lakes Collection.
Seated 25C 1855O 1855-O
With Arrows
VF20
PCGS
29673395

Choice $925 Rare Date, Choice Original, Crusty Gun Metal Gray Patina, Typical Strike for Issue, Accurately Graded . Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder along with CAC approval. Full description after the FUN show.
Seated 25C 1855O 1855-O
EF40 PCGS
29400204

Original $1750 Challenging New Orleans Issue, Original Gray, Well Struck, Accurately Graded, Saw Mill Run Collection. The 1855-O date is infrequently encountered in the marketplace due to a mintage of 176,000 and low survival rate. The 1855-O survival rate is similar to that of the 1849-O in circulated grades but priced at a fraction of the cost. PCGS population report shows only twelve combined in both EF grades. This EF40 graded survivor is fully struck for the date. All stars have connected centrils and Liberty's lower leg is fully rounded. Unfortunately, the head details are weak and so consistent with near every example seen. Reverse strike is bold with deeply impressed claws and arrow feathers. Original surfaces are toned a light gray with some dirty gold at the peripheries. There is one line in the right obverse field that requires mention. Fairly graded and housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 Dupont hologram holder. An important offering from the Saw Mill Run Collection.
Seated 25C 1855S 1855-S
VF Details SEGS
80415014

Market Acceptable New Price
$195
Challenging San Francisco Date, Briggs 2-C Plate Coin, Original Gray Patina, Removed Obverse Mount, Fairly Graded, Kansas Collection. Price Reduction - July 2020 - The Briggs 2-C macro image plate coin as published in Larry's The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of United States Liberty Seated Quarters. Surfaces are original gray. An obverse mount has been removed from the center with some faint re-engraving of details in that area. Housed in SEGS traditional holder with the label reading, "1855-S BRIGGS 2C/Book Coin, VF20 Details, MOUNTED OBVERSE, BOOK PLATE COIN_REV HALO." An interesting offering of the first year quarter issue at the San Francisco mint. From the Kansas Collection.
Seated 25C 1855S 1855-S
EF Details PCGS
37193509
Briggs 1-A
Cleaned $475 First Year San Francisco Strike, Bright White Luster, Scratch On Lower Obverse, Orchard Collection. First year of design and denomination issue, during the California gold rush, with mintage of 396,000. Survival rate is low due to heavy circulation in commerce and for jewelry making. Survivors are either damaged or less than original as most were mishandled among the mining communities. This specimen, from the Orchard Collection, has been obviously dipped to produce the white surfaces. Grade, based on wear, is EF45+ with residual luster. Obverse strike is complete while reverse has considerable weakness in lower eagle devices. There is a long horizontal obverse scratch at lower shield and base. Freshly graded and housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with Scratch-EF Details designation. An opportunity for Dansco collectors at a value price.
Seated 25C 1855S 1855-S
AU50 NGC
1893373008
Briggs 1-A
Original $1650 Rare Reverse A Crumbled Die State, Initial Seated Quarter Produced at San Francisco Mint, Rose-Gray Patina, Palos Verdes Collection. The Palos Verdes Collection is releasing an important crumbled reverse die example of the Briggs 1-A die pairing. Noted Seated half dollar specialist, Greg Johnson, discusses the progressive reverse die disintegration of 1855-5 Reverse A in a E-Gobrecht Article dating back to December 2010 (http://www.seateddimevarieties.com/Quarter_QOM/1855s_lds_rev.htm). In that article, Greg presents an image of an 1855-S reverse that illustrates "the crumbling of the die around the eagle and STATES OF AMERICA and states that, "After looking for these coins for more than 4 years I think, with enough patience, it is possible for the interested collector to put together a die progression of this reverse die if one is not too picky about the condition and grade of the coins. Such a progression would begin with early die states that show no abnormal wear or deterioration and proceed through intermediate die states that show the beginning of the deterioration around the eagle and legend, concluding with very late die states in which there appears to be nearly as much metal in the halo around the eagle as there is making up the eagle itself." The 1855-S Seated quarter date is the first quarter struck at the San Francisco mint. Reverse A is probably the first reverse die to be used until fully disintegrated. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert. An important acquisition for the Liberty Seated quarter die variety specialist.
Seated 25C 1855S 1855-S
With Arrows
VF30 PCGS
12512831
Briggs 1-C
Choice $825 New October 31! Challenging First Year San Francisco Mint Issue, Choice Surfaces, Circulated Cameo Eye Appeal. 1855 brought the first Liberty Seated quarter and half dollar strikes at the San Francisco mint. Both denominations are challenging to locate with choice specimens being rare. This lovely 1855-S example is fully choice and well preserved. Surfaces are covered with a base layer of light gray patina coupled with darker ebony shades surrounding the stars and major devices. Wear is uniform while the fields and devices are entirely blemish free. The obverse offers classic circulated cameo eye appeal that collectors strive to locate. The $1000 question is why is this 1855-S example not CAC approved. Yes, it has been to CAC for review and did not pass. But originality is not the issue. A close inspection suggests that a VF25 grade would have been more consistent with wear. Since graded VF30, I suspect that slight overgrading by PCGS is the reason for failing to win a CAC green bean. If this piece would degraded to VF25 and resubmitted, I would bet that CAC approval would be secured. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 25C 1855S 1855-S
With Arrows
VF20 NGC
3906104001
Briggs 2-C
Original $675 First Year of San Francisco Mint Issue, Near Choice Original, Gun Metal Gray Patina, Accurately Graded. First year of Liberty Seated quarter production at the San Francisco mint with a mintage of 396,400. This date circulated heavily on the west coast due to pent up demand for small denomination coinage. PCGS population clearly indicate low survival rates with only 26 pieces certified in all VF grades. The offered example is strictly original with near choice surfaces. A few scattered micro ticks are seen in the obverse fields consistent with the grade. Strike is typical for the date. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert. An opportunity to acquire a challenging Seated quarter date that is not often seen in the marketplace.