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 46 Coins for Sale. New coin(s) added on October 8, 2021

Photo Date Grade TPG Variety GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
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 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 1839 1839
No Drapery
EF45 PCGS
10819394
Briggs 2-B
Choice $575 New October 8! Challenging No Drapery Type, . GFRC is pleased to be offering a well preserved 1839 Closed Claws quarter with strictly original surfaces and steely reflective fields. In-hand viewing reveals even medium gray toning while bright light inspection exposes residual luster that is certainly pleasing to yours truly at the certified grade. 1839 quarters typically don't come this nice with evenly match obverse and reverse coloring plus reflectance. Grading is accurate even with strike variability. This Liberty Seated No Drapery dates are notorious for weak and uneven strikes. On the offering, strike weakness is seen at the Liberty's hair curls and neckline while the reverse eagle has a partial left leg. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Seated 25C 1840O 1840-O
No Drapery
VF35
PCGS
35764229
Briggs 2-B
Choice $485 No Drapery Type, Centered Mintmark, Choice Original Surfaces, Crusty Gun Metal Gray Patina,Tenafly Collection.. A top quality 1840-O No Drapery strike with thick crusty gray patina on both sides. Under a light source, residual luster is attempting to peek through the toning. Strike is typical for the No Drapey design. Surfaces are choice with no abrasions worthy of mention. Briggs 2-B with the mintmark over the right edge of R. Previously from the Titan Collection, via GFRC. CAC reports 52 coins in all grades with 34 pieces finer. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 25C 1840O 1840-O
With Drapery
AU58 PCGS
34116838
Briggs 2-C
Original $1650 Transitional With Drapery Design, Small O, Steely Luster, Cracked Reverse. An important Briggs 2-C die pairing with Small "O' reverse. Briggs postulates that, "Pieces of the 2-C late die states appear to have been struck in 1841. Many 2-C die state coins found in the New Orleans.". Regardless of when this piece was struck, the obverse die is fresh and produced steely fields that border on proof like characteristics with the reverse "mirrors" being a bit more subdued. Strike is complete though delicate for the With Drapery type. Toning is a light grayish-gold. Surfaces are pristine and free of abrasions. PCGS has graded only 13 at the AU58 level with the last auction record dating back to 2015. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder and worthy of serious consideration.
Seated 25C 1840O 1840-O
With Drapery
VF20 raw

Cleaned $135 Drapery Design Type, Glossy Surfaces, Old Clean, Southern Texas Collection Dansco Duplicate. Both side are glossy from an old clean. No marks worthy of mention. Best for a value Dansco album collection or a gift to a budding numismatist.
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 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 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
Briggs 1-A
Choice $795 Rare Small Date Variety, Cameo Eye Appeal, Aquamarine Blue Fields, Full Rims, Conservatively Graded, Kansas Collection. Consignor Price Reduction - April 2021 - 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
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 1843O 1843-O
Large O
F15
PCGS
29806057
Briggs 3-F
Choice $1600 Large O, Choice Original, Scarce Die Variety, Crusty Gray Patina, Tenafly Collection.. The 1843-O Large-O is generally found in lower circulated grades, with PCGS reporting only three pieces in AU or higher. Listed separately by Briggs as 3-F, this is the lone 1843 reverse die with Large-O mintmark, and appears in the Cherrypickers Guide as FS-501. This Fine-15 example is noteworthy for its strict originality and choice surfaces. Crusty gray patina covers both sides. CAC approval is absolutely warranted due to originality and accurate grading. Housed in a PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder with CAC approval. CAC does not break out the large-O variety separately, but the overall population of 30 coins for all 1843-O quarters is telling. Previously from the Mountain View collection.
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 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 1847O 1847-O
VF30
PCGS
19950812
Briggs 1-A
Choice $850 Choice Original, Gun Metal Gray with Ebony Highlights, Tenafly Collection. Locating choice 1847 New Orleans examples will require patience as collectors are faced with typical weak strikes and problematic surfaces. Though this issue has a mintage of 368,000 pieces, few uncirculated examples are known. This coin exhibits light to medium gun metal gray toning. The in-hand ebony coloring shifts to gun metal blue when exposed to a light source. Strike is typical with flat breasts and weak definition of the eagle's lower left leg and claws. Some faint obverse chatter is noted but consistent with the assigned grade. CAC has approved 23 examples total with 11 coins in all higher grades combined. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with CAC approval.
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 1849 1849
MS63
NGC
225088002
Briggs 3-B
Choice $2450 New September 24! Important Offering, Steely Reflective Luster, Washington State Collection. From the Washington State Collection comes an important 1849 Briggs 3-B Seated quarter that will be on many want lists. CAC approval was 100% warranted given the crusty rose-olive gray patina that still allows ample amounts of steely luster to radiate under minimal lighting. Bright light viewing is a joy as coloring shifts to light rose with peripheral aquamarine. Fields are unabraded and pleasing during a 10x review. A faint die crack through the bottom of the date digits easily identifies Obverse 3 while the 45 degree angled die polish lines into (QUA)R validate Reverse B. How refreshing to see this non-Compass Point specimen at such a high grade and with superb preservation. Housed in NGC Gen 9 (2001-2003) holder with CAC approval.
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 1850O 1850-O
EF45
PCGS
39317837
Briggs 1-B
Choice $985 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
EF45
PCGS
35701955
Briggs 1-A
Choice $1025 Very Rare Fully Struck, Rusted Obverse Die, Steely Reflective Luster. There is one consistency concerning 1850 New Orleans Seated quarter coinage; poor strikes. Many were produced from a heavily rusted obverse die that "softens" the devices. Fully struck examples are very rare and will be found with steely or partially mirrored fields. This new GFRC offering brings a much better than average strike and the typical steely fields that are 100% original. Yes, there are always weakly struck and cleaned survivors available in the marketplace. Collectors should exercise patience and strive for the best. This new EF45 offering is fully choice and should please the most selective collector once viewed in hand. A top notch survivor that is housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with the all important CAC approval.
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
AU58 PCGS
21484186
Briggs 1-A
Original $2300 Rusted Dies, Frosty Luster, Well Struck, Original Silver Gray. 1850-O Seated quarters are notorious for being poorly struck, especially the peripheral details on the obverse. Many of those seen in AU will have partial heads and flat upper stars. Adding to the overall appearance difficulties are rusted dies and uneven strikes. Collectors will shy away from this date due to the poor strikes and problematic surfaces. GFRC is thrilled to be offering this choice AU58 example. From a mintage of 396,000, PCGS has certified only 14 in AU58 and 14 better in Mint State. This new purchase warrants the attention of Liberty Seated quarter experts. Frosty luster is predominant with sharp reflective surfaces under a light source. This piece is fully original with silver gray surfaces. Die rust covered Liberty's gown folds and shield while also being embedded in the reverse eagle feathers. Strike is much better than average with Liberty's clasp and gown line fully impressed. A few stars lack center points which is actually a compliment of the date. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.1 (2002-2004) holder.
Seated 25C 1850O 1850-O
VF30 PCGS
40968557
Briggs 1-B
Choice $300 Medium Gray Toning, Choice Surfaces, Bright Light Eye Appeal. A choice 1850-O Briggs 1-B example with the mintmark positioned right. In-hand medium gray toning melts into peripheral blues and faint center rose under a light source. Well struck considering how poorly the typical strike is for the date. Surfaces are unabraded and pleasing. One of the nicest 1850-O VF30 examples that GFRC has handled with or without a CAC green bean. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2021) holder.
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 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
MS63+ PCGS
38600256
Briggs 1-B
Gem $36500 Gem Original, Branch Mint Collection. A quick tilt of this key branch mint piece reveals ample cartwheel on both sides, with the reverse exhibiting a trace of reflective, prooflike surface. Silver centers host russet hints at the obverse rim while the reverse is nicely framed by a ring of pinkish russet and aqua. Briggs 1-B, with a centered mintmark. The strike on this example is far superior to most 1851-Os quarters, with only stars 12-13 soft and just a touch of weakness in the head. The reverse is strike is boldly executed and completely detailed. The few marks are scattered and CAC consideration at the MS63+ level is inhibited only by a few obverse field lines that require a glass, strong light, and specific viewing angle to identify. PCGS has certified only four pieces at all MS levels, including an MS61, MS62, MS63+ (this coin), and one MS64 example. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) Gold Shield holder. This offering represents a rare combination of absolute rarity and condition rarity, a piece that is a tick away from finest known. Previously from the Bob Hammond collection (Stack's Bowers 11/2016, lot 2064, realized $18,800, there graded PCGS MS62 CAC) and previously appearing in the Whitney P. Sunderland collection (Bowers & Merena, March 1994, lot 1513, realized $4,840).
Seated 25C 1851O 1851-O
F12 PCGS
21636612
Briggs 1-B
Original HOLD
$850
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
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
VF20
PCGS
08554397
Briggs 1-A
Choice $1750 Rare New Orleans Date, Old Album Toning, Choice Surfaces, Saw Mill Run Collection. 1852 New Orleans struck quarters are nearly always seen with weak obverse strikes and problematic surfaces. The date has a reported mintage of 96,000 and is found with beveled rims for unknown reasons per Briggs. Scarce in grades up to VF and essentially non existent in EF or better. CAC approved population is a tiny 20 examples in all grades. This Saw Mill Run Collection offering features choice surfaces that exhibit classic old paper album toning. Fields and motifs are well preserved and pleasing. Ideal for a circulated Liberty Seated quarter date and mintmark set where CAC green beans are demanded. Housed in Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 25C 1853 1853
Arrows & Rays
AU58
NGC
2658439004

Gem HOLD
$1795
New October 13! Obverse Cud, Gem Original, Copper-Gold Coloring, What Eye Appeal!. The GFRC images speak for themselves concerning this gem 1853 Arrow & Rays quarter. Copper-gold patina and frosted luster are immediately evident. Adding to the viewing enjoyment is a fully defined obverse cud adjacent to start 10. The top of the cud has light rub as is to be expected since being the highest point on the coin. Otherwise, the motifs appear to be Mint State or darn close. A wonderful offering for the connoisseur of gorgeous Liberty Seated quarters. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge prong insert and CAC approval.
Seated 25C 1853 1853
No Arrows
F12 PCGS
30192452

Original HOLD
$2135
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 1853O 1853-O
Arrows & Rays
MS64
PCGS
37441715
Briggs 1-B
Choice $24000 Near-Gem Original, Branch Mint Collection. The Arrows and Rays design is a favorite among Seated and type collectors alike, with a distinctive halo of rays framing the reverse eagle. Russet-gray splashes cover the obverse of this conditionally rare example, while the reverse reveals traces of olive shading in the recessed areas. Cartwheels are active and neatly traverse the ring of rays surrounding the eagle. The strike is well-impressed with just a couple soft stars to the right of Liberty. Briggs 1-B with three lines, centered, inside the mintmark. PCGS has certified five pieces in MS64 with a single coin at MS65. At CAC, this piece is the single MS coin certified, an extraordinary situation. Certain branch Mint pieces in the Liberty Seated series simply don't exist in uncirculated condition, or are numbered in the single digits. This piece is a highlight of the Branch Mint Collection sale and demonstrates strong aesthetic appeal in combination with a high degree of originality and condition rarity. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) Gold Shield holder with CAC approval. Previously from the Gardner collection (Heritage 10/2015, lot 98426, realized $17,625, as PCGS MS64) and more recently appearing in Heritage 3/2016, lot 4836 as an NGC MS65 (realized $18,800).
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 1854O 1854-O
Crumbled Die Obverse
VF20
PCGS
13050043
Briggs 3-B
Choice $500 Crumbled Die Obverse, Near-Gem Original, Underrated, Tenafly Collection. The 1854-O Crumbled Die variety is easy to attribute, with substantial die erosion in the date. The 5 digit is now closed, while the crosslet of 4 is weak. This circulated cameo example exhibits even, deep gray fields that contrast with lighter central devices. Marks are consistent with the grade and overall eye appeal is excellent. CAC does not recognize the Crumbled Die variety but has certified 26 1854-O quarters in all grades total. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with CAC approval.
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
With Arrows
MS64 PCGS
5489010
Briggs 2-E
Choice $3750 Choice Original, Branch Mint Collection. Brilliant, bold luster radiates from the surfaces of this With Arrows type example, and the overall flash is compelling. Both sides are largely untoned with just the barest hints of gold shading above the eagle. Obverse stars are soft to the left while the reverse reveals some weakness beneath the shield. Briggs 2-E, with an even date and large mintmark just left of center. PCGS has certified only four pieces higher, with three in MS65 and a sole coin at MS66. The selection of a branch Mint piece to represent this type is noteworthy, as the Philadelphia mintages of this period greatly exceeded those of the New Orleans and San Francisco facilities. More so, the Philadelphia coins were far more likely to be saved as most collectors of this period centered in the large, eastern cities. This is an aesthetically appealing example of this two-year type, with an O mintmark that distinguishes it from the far more available Philadelphia pieces. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.0 (1998-2002) holder. Previously from the JFS Collection (Heritage, 8/2004, realized $3,105), later from the Horseshoe Collection (8/2010). This piece is the plate coin in Bowers Guide Book of Liberty Seated Silver Coins (p. 270).
Seated 25C 1854O 1854-O
With Arrows
AU55 PCGS
35037374

Choice $700 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 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
With Arrows
F15 PCGS
40620092
Briggs 1-B
Choice $485 Challenging New Orleans Date, Broken "O" Reverse, Choice Surfaces, Saw Mill Run Collection. The 1855 With Arrows date is always challenging regardless of issuing mint. New Orleans strikes were limited to 176,000 pieces with most survivors available at the Fine and Very Fine grade level. This newly consigned Saw Mill Run Briggs 1-B duplicate is toned mostly gray with embedded gold and blue shades appearing during bright light inspection. Fields are minimally abraded given the amount of time in southern commerce. Strike is a bit better than typical for the date. The reverse mintmark is heavily polished leading to a Broken "O) designation by Briggs. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2021) holder.
Seated 25C 1855S 1855-S
With Arrows
F12
PCGS
29100410
Briggs 1-C
Choice $500 First Year Carson City Strike, Choice Original, Tenafly Collection. This is the first year of Seated quarter production in San Francisco, and its scarcity is easily understood when considering the great amount of gold pouring into the San Francisco Mint at the time. This piece exhibits tan obverse fields with deep gold at the rim, while speckled maroon shades covers the reverse. Surfaces are exceptional for the grade with just a single, short line in the right obverse field. Briggs 1-C, with the mintmark barely clear of the feather and stem. The CAC population is 15 pieces in all grades combined. Housed in a PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder with CAC approval.
Seated 25C 1855S 1855-S
F12
PCGS
83924485

Choice $600 Important Liberty Seated Quarter Offering, Well Preserved, Charcoal Gray Patina, Kansas Collection. 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. Luckily, the Kansas Collection has decided to divest the final two pieces of a small hoard. He saved the best for last as having difficulties parting with this well preserved F12 example. This CAC approved offering is unquestionably choice and from a small population of 15 in all grades. Surfaces are covered with a crusty layer of charcoal gray patina with darker shades surrounding the peripheral devices. Wear is uniform along with unabraded fields and devices. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with CAC approval.
Seated 25C 1855S 1855-S
VF Details SEGS
80415014

Market Acceptable $150 Challenging San Francisco Date, Briggs 2-C Plate Coin, Original Gray Patina, Removed Obverse Mount, Fairly Graded, Kansas Collection. Consignor Price Reduction - April 2021 - 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 $1525 Reduced Price - Consignor Buyout. Rare Reverse A Crumbled Die State, Initial Seated Quarter Produced at San Francisco Mint, Rose-Gray Patina. GFRC has just bought out 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
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.