Liberty Seated Quarters

1856 to 1891

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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 March 31, 2024

Photo Date Grade TPG Variety GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Seated 25C 1856 1856
AU50
PCGS
2849756

Choice $325 Crusty Coin Gray, Choice Original, Worn Holder. A popular date for type given its availability through AU58. This example is covered with medium crusty gray patina with underlying steely fields. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.0 (1998-2002) holder with CAC approval. Please note the holder is well worn with haze spots that are evident on the images.
Seated 25C 1856O 1856-O
VF35 NGC
411675420
Unlisted
Choice $225 Crusty Gray Patina, Steely Fields, Well Preserved. Attributing 1856-O die varieties can be challenging as is the case for this new offering. Based on the Briggs book, I see obverse 3 paired with reverse E. Die specialist may wish to take note. This is a choice survivor with what first appears as crusty gray patina on both sides. Angled lighting exposes steely fields and aquamarine shades. Strike is typical while grading is accurate. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert.
Seated 25C 1857 1857
MS66+
NGC
6060865003

Gem $6300 Superb Gem Original, Osprey Collection. A thick band of blue-green color surrounds the obverse, highlighted by burnt russet patina above the head. Rose and gold centers are lightly toned, and the eye appeal is exceptional. Fully struck, an important distinction for this date, as many high-grade pieces come with soft stars or other striking issues. Under a glass, fine die polish lines are evident on both sides. CAC has certified 100 pieces, with 10 examples finer. A superb example of the type. Housed in new large font NGC holder with CAC approval.
Seated 25C 1857 1857
MS66
PCGS
20211414

Gem $4900 Unquestionably Gem, Exceptional Bright Light Viewing, Sharp Steely Frosted Luster. A gorgeous gem that MUST BE VIEWED in-hand to be appreciated! Sadly, the GFRC images are unable to capture the viewing transition when placed under a bright light. The in-hand greens and rose shift to mostly light blues with a huge peripheral gold ring that is absolutely enthralling. What other superlatives can be used to describe this gem? Eye appeal and luster is of a higher grade with a contact mark by star 5 that most likely account for the certified grade. Luster is sharp and brilliant from steely surfaces. Once again, I must ask for clients to trust this description rather than the images. Photographing high grade gems with lightly contrasted patina brings its illustration challenges. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 25C 1857 1857
AU53
NGC
2040991048

Choice $350 Choice Original, Crusty Gun Metal Gray Surfaces, Accurately Graded. A strictly original 1857 Philadelphia strike that is accurately graded and approved by CAC. Both the obverse and reverse are layered with a crusty gun metal gray skin. The obverse strike is hammered with rounded stars and excellent head details while the reverse exhibits the typical weakness at the lower leg eagle leg. I don't see any blemishes worthy of mention. Please note the bold obverse rim cuds to the left of the base. Housed in NGC Stack's W 57th St Collection label holder. This is the third appearance of this lovely Seated quarter on the GFRC price list.
Seated 25C 1857 1857
Reverse Die Clash
EF40 PCGS
41025101
FS-901
Choice $4700 Flying Eagle Die Clash, Choice Original, Eclectic Collection.. Deep gray surfaces lead toward russet patina at the rims, while the protected areas of the central devices host similar copper shades. Strike is typical, with flat stars and eagle feathers blending together. Briggs 6-F, with Flying Eagle cent clash marks above the wings. This is one of the more bizarre errors in the quarter series and clearly the result of either gross negligence or deliberate chicanery. Either way, it's a great conversation piece and ideal for sharing with other collectors. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2022) holder.
Seated 25C 1857O 1857-O
MS62 NGC
3814091004
Briggs 1-A
Choice $2100 Choice Original, Eclectic Collection.. A wide array of color is evident as this piece is flipped under a light, with rose, gold, and blue patina apparent. Nicely struck, with just a couple soft stars, while the usual problem area south of the reverse shield is fully detailed. Briggs 1-A, with the mintmark just left of center. All coins exist on a continuum, and this original piece is close to the CAC standard, possibly precluded by only a few stray lines in right obverse field. Still, this piece far nicer than most 1857-O quarters encountered in the market. Housed in a newer NGC holder with edge view insert.
Seated 25C 1857O 1857-O
EF40 NGC
4776705029

Choice $325 Crusty Gray Skin, Choice Surfaces, Lasalle Collection. "Crusty" is the operative word to describe this strictly original 1857-O Seated quarter. When viewed under a bright light, the underlying fields offer a steely texture, especially at the reverse center where the toning is more transparent. A 10x inspection revealed essentially unabraded surfaces that are lightly worn. Overall, a lovely example at grade worthy of its GFRC-Choice quality rating. Housed in new large font NGC holder.
Seated 25C 1857S 1857-S
VF35 PCGS
46571455
Briggs 1-A
Choice $975 Challenging Early San Francisco Date, Coin Gray Patina, Choice Surfaces. With a mintage of only 82,000, 1857 San Francisco struck quarters are really tough to locate well preserved and fully original. Actually, I believe that the 1857-S date is much more difficult that the initial year 1855-S date. This newly acquired example is accurately graded with coin gray patina that is consistent on both sides. Strike is typical for the issue. Surfaces are nearly abraded and pleasing. Overall, a strong example of the date at a fair offer price. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2023) holder.
Seated 25C 1858 1858
VF Details PCGS
45219607

Cleaned $85 Cleaned Obverse, Natural Crusty Reverse. Accurately certified as the obverse has been cleaned with some recovery. Reverse is perfectly original. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2023) holder with Cleaned-VF Details opinion.
Seated 25C 1858S 1858-S
VF35
PCGS
26549025

$3250 Semi-Key Date, Low CAC Population, Perfectly Original, CAC Approved. Well recognized as one of the Liberty Seated quarter semi-key dates, of many, this 1858-S offering also brings a very low CAC population. Only 22 are approved in all grades with six finer above this well preserved VF35 specimen. Though 121,00 were struck, only 2 survived in Mint State 62. I particular like this example due to its strict originality and bold strike. Coin gray patina is augmented by a lighter patch that extends to the reverse. The reverse toning is a bit thicker containing rose hues along with traces of peripheral gold. Head details are complete along with all star point being connected. This piece offers consideration detail and viewing pleasure at the certified grade. Destined for placement in an advanced collection. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.5 (2012-2013) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 25C 1859 1859
II/I
EF45 raw
II/II
Choice $495 Rare Transitional Type II/I Design Hubs, Well Struck, Lakeland Collection. A noteworthy 1859 Seated quarter offering, from the Lakeland Collection that present a special opportunity for die variety specialists. Please look carefully at the images to confirm that this piece was struck with both Type 2 obverse and reverse dies. The raw example has been strictly graded as EF45 while many other non-Seated specialist dealers with grade as AU50. Greg Johnson, in his E-Gobrecht Quarter of the Month articles, states that the 1859 Type II/II is a rare coin and is seldom available. This offering will easily grade at the TPG of your choice and is fairly priced.
Seated 25C 1859O 1859-O
EF45 PCGS
16341993
Briggs 1-A
Choice $540 Crusty Brownish-Gray, Strictly Original, Choice Surfaces, New Orleans Collection. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 25C 1859S 1859-S
F15 PCGS
81274489
Briggs 1-A
Original $1295 Rare San Francisco Date, Light Gray, Bold Devices at Grade. During 1859, the still relatively new San Francisco mint struck only 80,000 Seated quarters. That mintage entered western frontier commerce and remained there for years. Indeed, not even a single Mint State example is known, as no one systematically collected this coinage at the time of issue. Present day collectors struggle to locate the date due to low survival rates. GFRC is pleased to offer this newly purchased example with light gray shades including darker gray at the peripheries. PCGS was tough on this example as there is a substantial amount of device details for the certified grade. A solid example that will fill that long standing hole in a date and mintmark set without breaking the bank. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Seated 25C 1860S 1860-S
VG10 raw
Briggs 1-A
Original $1750 Original Gray, Sunset Point Collection. Consignor Price Reduction. The 1860 San Francisco date is scarce in all grades with a limited mintage of 56,000. Most surviving examples will be found in the Very Good through Fine grade range as is the case with this original example. Obverse rims are bold with six full letters in LIBERTY presence. The reverse rim has barely worn through under (U)NITED and the olive leaves. Surfaces are toned a medium gun metal gray with blue shades evident under a light source. This example is entirely blemish free with no marks, lines or other anomalies. I'm comfortable in indicating that TPG grading is a strong possibility given the natural coloring. An important offering from the Sunset Collection of Liberty Seated quarters and ideal for a Dansco or Whitman album set. Fairly priced!
Seated 25C 1861 1861
MS64
NGC
365653004
II/II
Choice $1250 Near-Gem Original, Quito Collection.. Original silver patina hosts virtually untoned surfaces, with the near complete Mint frost intact. Type II/II, with shield verticals above E and a convex eagle eye. Nicely struck, with distinct star points and most of the claw joints cleanly defined. An old line extending from the left wing is noted. CAC reports 119 pieces in all grades, with 18 pieces finer. The CAC guide value is $1,280 in MS64. Housed in NGC Gen 7 (1997-2000) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 25C 1861 1861
EF Details PCGS
37248691

Market Acceptable $110 Golden Gray Patina, AU Details, Ancient Cleaning, Original. A very presentable 1861 Seated quarter with darker golden gray patina. Bright light inspection exposes some center rose. I'm not buying PCGS's environmental damage claim but the luster is too reflective to be natural. I call this one as an ancient cleaning with proper retoning. Perfect for a crack out and placement in bookshelf album. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2023) holder with Environmental Damage-XF Details opinion.
Seated 25C 1861S 1861-S
VF20
PCGS
11628839
Briggs 1-A
Choice $2750 Rare San Francisco Date, Choice Original, Mountain View Collection.. This is a well preserved 1861 San Francisco strike and key date in the Liberty Seated quarter series. Mintage is 96,000 with few saved by Western frontier citizens. The mintage went into circulation and remained there until well worn or lost. The number of AU survivors is incredibly low with no Mint State examples certified by PCGS. This CAC approved specimen offers moderate wear with natural light gray surfaces. A thoroughly pleasing offering that will garner attention from Seated quarter specialists. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with CAC approval. Ex. Saw Mill Run Collection.
Seated 25C 1861S 1861-S
VF Details PCGS
83712266

Cleaned $1150 Rare Date, Original Surfaces, Rose-Gray Toning, Obverse Rim Damage, Strong VF Devices, LaSalle Collection. An important offering for all serious collectors of the Liberty Seated quarter series. Mintage of 96,000 and very scarce in all grade. Typically found in G-VG and rarely in VF or better. The LaSalle Collection brings an original Very Fine example to market but with an obverse rim clip at stars 6 and 7. Much of the clip is hidden by the PCGS edge prong otherwise this piece is fully original. Rose-gray patina covers the obverse while the reverse is toned an even light gray. Strike is well executed . Freshly graded and housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with VF Details (Rim Damage) certification. An ideal "filler" candidate for a Dansco album collection at a fair price.
Seated 25C 1861S 1861-S
VF30 NGC
1660148001

Choice $2650 Rare San Francisco Date, Choice Surfaces, Distinctive Eye Appeal, Accurately Graded. Consignor Price Reduction. A noteworthy 1861 San Francisco Seated quarter offering along with distinction as a key date in the series. Mintage is documented at 96,000 pieces with few saved from western frontier commerce. Nearly the entire mintage went into circulation and remained there until well worn or lost. This survivor is noteworthy for its stellar preservation and nearly unabraded fields. Wear is uniform with the surfaces covered by a tannish-gray patina with richer brown shades on the obverse. Overall eye appeal is well above average for a circulated example of this date. A 10x inspection located a few hidden lines in the upper right obverse field of no consequence. A piece of Civil War era history that is worthy of consideration. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert.
Seated 25C 1865 1865
MS62 PCGS
47510331
Briggs 1-A
Choice HOLD
$1850
New April 3! Choice Original, Lakeland Collection. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2024) holder. Immediately sold upon being showcased in the Daily Blog.
Seated 25C 1867 1867
AU58 PCGS
5522242
Briggs 1-A
Choice HOLD
$2925
Low Mintage Reconstruction Date, Steely Fields, Pleasing Bright Light Performance, Quito Collection. 1867 brought the beginning of the United States Reconstruction era but without a recovery of Liberty Seated quarter mintages. Only 20,000 were struck in Philadelphia leading to today's overall scarcity. PCGS has certified only four pieces at the AU58 level. This example brings steely fields with aquamarine gray centers. Bright light viewing exposes a sharp peripheral gold band on the obverse along with more prominent rose shades on the reverse. Briggs reminds us that business strikes have a weak obverse center due to a ground down die. Part of the pre-Pittsburgh 2023 ANA release by the Quito Collection. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.0 (1998-2002) holder.
Seated 25C 1867S 1867-S
VF20 raw
Briggs 1-A
Original $750 Rare San Francisco Date, Original Crusty Gray, Upper Right Reverse Hit, West Texas Collection. . An evenly toned example of the scarce 1867-S issue, with a small mintage of 48,000 pieces. Original gray patina covers both sides. There is enhanced wear on the lower right obverse at Liberty's lower legs, the foot, and extending into the right field. The wear results from the piece being bent due to a hit on the upper right reverse at (AM)ERICA. Attractively priced for the preservation state and ideal for that challenging empty hole in a Dansco or Whitman album collection. From the West Texas Collection.
Seated 25C 1872 1872
VF30
CACG
119931498

Choice HOLD
$525
New March 28! Very Scarce CAC Certified, Ex John McCloskey Collection. An underrated date in choice preservation states, regardless of the 182,000 mintage. The CAC population stands at 16 stickered with 3 certified in its new CACG holders. The Seated quarter series is full of surprises - this is not thought of as an especially challenging date, and yet CAC reports only eleven examples higher than this VF35 piece. Toning is consistent with that of an extended time in a sulphur paper envelope which makes sense since this piece originates from the John McCloskey collection. Rose and blue shades appear during bright light inspection. Housed in a new CAC Grading (2024) holder and graded consistent with CAC approval standards. The label captures the John McCloskey pedigree.
Seated 25C 1873 1873
No Arrows, Open 3
MS61 PCGS
44215010

Original $1450 Open 3, Rare Grade, Frosted Luster, Near-Choice Original. The fact that the 1873 No Arrows Open 3 date punch variety remains under rated in Mint State will be readily evident when checking the PCGS population report. Although the No Arrows Close 3 quarter is undisputedly more challenging, both varieties are scarce and desirable. PCGS has certified 34 Open 3's in all Mint State grades with 4 at the offer grade. This newly consigned example exhibits brilliant frosted luster and active cartwheels when viewed under bright light. Faint gold is seen at the rims and lower reverse. Moderately abraded obverse fields are as expected given the certified grade. Overall, an inexpensive entry point for a Mint State Open 3 quarter. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2023) holder.
Seated 25C 1873 1873
With Arrows
AU58 PCGS
43383924

Choice $750 With Arrows Type, Choice Original, LaSalle Collection.. An ideal lot for With Arrows type resulting from an insignificant silver weight shift per the Coinage Act of 1873. This Act moved the United States to the gold monetary standard and away from silver. This period example exhibits steeling fields while the patina may appear as rose-gray in the images. However, a bright light review exposes golden shades on the obverse and light blue on the reverse. Surfaces are close to unabraded with several faint lines through UNITED recovering much. Some reflectance does radiate through the patina. Overall, an example worthy of a Choice quality rating. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2023) holder. PCGS #5491.
Seated 25C 1873 1873
Open 3
F15 PCGS
47175898

Original $265 Open 3, Crusty Gray, Well Preserved, Lakeland Collection. 1873 brought the addition of arrows to Seated coinage due to an insignificant planchet weight change. The No Arrows 1873 strikes are found with the Closed and Open 3 date punch varieties. This affordable Open 3 example offers crusty original surfaces with the obverse patina being a tad darker. Fields are free of any notable marks. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2023) holder.
Seated 25C 1875 1875
MS63 PCGS
46128779

Choice $675 Eye Catching Type, Brilliant Frosted Luster, Peripheral Gold. GFRC images accurately illustrate the beauty of this 1875 Seated half. Note the white frosted luster, in the centers, that radiates brilliantly when examined under a bright light. The cartwheels are equally impressive. Both sides are attractively framed by peripheral gold rings with the obverse presenting darker hues. I've crawled over this piece with a 10x and noted a well hidden line within Liberty's right facing armpit and into the field. This is an unquestionable luster play for those who love their type to have some natural radiance. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2024) holder.
Seated 25C 1875CC 1875-CC
MS63
PCGS
24931074
Briggs 1-A
Gem $9850 Difficult Carson City Date, Brilliiant Frosted Luster, Swirling Cartwheels, GFRC-Gem Rated, Quito Collection. Carson City Mint production jumped to 140,000 during 1875 after much slower mintages during the start-up years. This date is downright scarce in all grades and always missing on the GFRC price list. The Quito Collection comes to the rescue as releasing a four lot Mint State date set (1875-CC to 1878-CC) with this leadoff 1875-CC securing a GFRC-Gem rating. Overall eye appeal is that of a higher grade given brilliant frosted luster and vibrant cartwheels. Strike is about good as it gets for the Type II/II design hubs and westerner frontier workmanship. Surfaces are unabraded with faint clashing on the lower reverse that needs more research. CAC population report indicates 3 approved at grade with 9 better. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.5 holder (20012-2013) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 25C 1875CC 1875-CC
AU58 NGC
4352161001
Briggs 2-B
Choice $4650 Underrated Date, Choice Original, Crusted Gray Patina, LaSalle Collection.. The 1875-CC issue can be overlooked, standing beside the giants of the 1870-1873 Carson City run. This piece is scarce in its own right with a relatively low mintage of 140,000 pieces, and all Carson City issues have a special appeal within American numismatics. So noted for this new Lasalle Collection consignment. A thick coin gray patina nicely protects the obverse while a light reverse center provides access to the soft frosted luster. The Type II reverse is typically struck with residual mint frost evident within the protected areas. Housed in new large font NGC holder. PCGS #5499.
Seated 25C 1877 1877
MS66
PCGS
43502582

Gem $3250 Gem Original, Quito Collection.. A bold crescent of electric blue and violet patina fills the right stars, sharply contrasting with the silver color to the left. The ice-white eagle is highly frosted, approaching a Cameo designation were this a proof example. The strike is sharp throughout and delivers full detail, not a trivial matter as quarters from the 1870s exhibit lower relief overall than earlier coins in the series. The CAC census notes 99 coins total, with 28 examples finer. The CAC price guide value is $2,750 in MS66. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2023) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 25C 1877CC 1877-CC
MS65
PCGS
81248269
Briggs 3-C
Gem $3350 Granular Frosted Luster, Complete Strike, Unquestionable Gem, Quito Collection. Strong luster easily penetrates the thick skin, and the cartwheel is active under a light. Deep evergreen, slate, and copper patina evenly fills the obverse, while the reverse is lighter and reveals smoky shades throughout the legend. Design elements are sharp, with only a couple stars softly impressed. In-hand appeal is strong, and the GFRC Gem-rating is easily warranted. The CAC report notes 120 pieces in all grades, with 13 coins at MS66 and 3 examples at MS67. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with CAC approval. Previously from the Eclectic Collection, a top rated Seated quarter client .
Seated 25C 1877CC 1877-CC
EF45 NGC
2098212011
Briggs 8-H
Choice $275 Thick Crusty Gray Patina, Choice Surfaces, LaSalle Collection. This 1877-CC quarter's preservation resulted in a thick coin gray patina forming on both sides. The underlying sufaces are strictly original with the fields offering steely reflectance under a bright light. Strike is consistent with Carson City workman and is best described as typical. A careful die variety attribution against Briggs leads to an 8-H attribution. Housed in new large font NGC holder.
Seated 25C 1877S 1877-S
S/Horizontal S
MS63
PCGS
25591429
Briggs 4-D
Choice $2500 Near-Gem Original, Quito Collection.. The 1877-S/S is a popular variety within the quarter series, listed in the Guide Book and readily attributable with the naked eye. Per the PCGS census, about one of every seven examples of the 1877-S exhibits the doubly punched mintmark. This is an untoned piece, with substantial frost remaining in the central devices. Steel color marks high points, while the reverse hosts bits of navy patina in the protected areas to the southeast. CAC notes 20 coins total, with two pieces at MS64 and a single example at MS66. The CAC price guide value is $1,950 in MS63. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 25C 1877S 1877-S
MS64 NGC
1848081015
Briggs 11-J
Choice $895 Medium S, Near Gem Original, Huge Bright Light Eye Appeal, Accurately Graded. If GFRC customers could only view this piece under bright light...Wow! Strictly original and natural patina covers the surfaces and the in hand appearance is that of mostly rose coloring with some aquamarine at the obverse rim and light rose across the reverse. Well that all changes when this piece is exposed to a light source. The obverse turns into a color masterpiece with core blue and rose intermixed center that transitions to light yellow gold at the rims. Believe me, I'm not over exaggerating on this one and the eye appeal is well above MS64. The reverse stays rose under bright light with a dash of blues at AMERICA. Housed in pristine older NGC holder.
Seated 25C 1878 1878
MS64 PCGS
80656292

Choice $750 Brilliant Frosted Luster, Rotating Cartwheels, Complete Strike. A brilliantly frosted 1878 Seated quarter with aquamarine and light gold toning on the obverse while the reverse exhibits a lower blue arc and overall hints of gold. Strike is hammered with partial wire rims on both sides. There is minimal color shifting when place under a bright light, though the overall coloration is lighter. Two contact marks are noted on Liberty's cheek. A fairly graded and priced offering previously from the Quito Collection and just taken back in trade. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Seated 25C 1878CC 1878-CC
VF30 PCGS
30447973
Briggs 1-A
Choice $300 Canceled Die Obverse, Crusty Olive-Rose Gray Patina, Choice Surfaces, Cleveland Collection. Consignor Price Reduction. The Cleveland Collection consignor does not limit himself to Top 100 Seated dime varieties. This choice 1878-CC Seated quarter Canceled Die Obverse offering is yet another die variety duplicate being made available from his Top 25 Seated quarter varieties. All diagnostics are easily seen with 10x loupe including the diagonal die scratch in the reverse shield (Reverse of 1877-CC). Natural olive and gray colorings are predominant with heavier shades on the reverse. Bright light inspection reveals embedded rose on the obverse. Strike is typical for the die pairing. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder.
Seated 25C 1878S 1878-S
EF45 PCGS
36527136
Briggs 1-A
Original $2850 Scarce in all Grades, Steely Reflectance, Near-Choice Original, Lakeland Collection. 1878 brings the last difficult San Francisco Seated quarter date to acquire, with the 1888-S and 1891-S being more frequently encountered issues. Since inception, GFRC has been unable to keep this date is stock and believes that this near-choice original offering will also have a short stay. A well preserved example with bluish-gray patina on both sides. Bright light inspection exposes reflective fields with claims to being lightly mirrored. Strike is consistent with those seen. Briggs notes that many pieces were melted for recoining into silver dollars. Prior to the advent of population reports, this piece was sometimes compared to the 1864-S and 1872-S issues, unjustifiably so, but the PCGS census remains at a low 97 pieces. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Seated 25C 1880 1880
MS67
PCGS
25281856
Briggs 1-A
Gem $8000 Gem Original, Quito Collection.. This wonder coin is a lustrous headlight, with ice-white surfaces framed by deep maroon patina at the rims. Frost drips from the central devices, extending even to the scroll and stars. The strike is fully impressed and brings up even the normally pesky claw joints. Briggs 1-A, the business strike dies, with a die lump on the left of 0 in the date. CAC notes 56 pieces across all grades, with eleven coins tied for finest known at MS67. The CAC price guide value is $7,880 in MS67. This is not an inexpensive coin, but given the combination of low mintage, lofty technical grade, and exceptional eye appeal, the value becomes undeniable. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder with CAC approval.
Seated 25C 1881 1881
PF64CAM
NGC
6455478002

Gem $1850 Gem Original, JUST BUY IT NOW. Courtesy of yet another new consignor, GFRC is pleased to be offering a pair of proof Liberty Seated quarters that are freshly graded with sequential serial numbers and CAC approval. Both this 1881 (975 mintage and the 1879 (1,100 mintage) are well above average in terms of preservation and mirrored reflectance. JUST BUY IT NOW recommendations are issued for both with the hope that the lot is purchased as a pair. The 1881 proof quarter is a true joy under bright light as the mirrored reflectance is substantial with considerable cartwheel effects. Orange -gold hues is prevalent on the obverse with a thin copper region at the lower right that is evident in the images. A uniform yellow-gold film coats the reverse and is fully transparent to the watery fields and brilliant radiance. There is one tiny contact mark between the leg and stars 1 and 2 that will be seen during bright light inspection and is more than fairly captured by the certified grade. One has to search with a 10x to locate any micro hairlines. The NGC grade is conservative with CAC agreeing. Housed in new large font NGC holder with CAC approval.
Seated 25C 1881 1881
PF65 NGC
6823030007
Briggs 2-B
Gem $1375 Gem Original, City by The Bay Collection.. Royal blue patina fills both sides of this Gem proof example, decorated by bits of silver color at the highest points. Flashy mirrors highlight the pleasing color, and the overall eye appeal is strong. Detail is sharp as expected for a proof example, with cleanly separated claw joints and pinpoint stars. NGC has approved 244 pieces, with 40 examples at MS65 and 53 coins finer. The NGC guide value is $2,300. Housed in a new large font NGC holder. PCGS #5513.
Seated 25C 1882 1882
F12
PCGS
14623571
Briggs 1-A
Choice $525 Near-Gem Original, Saw Mill Run Collection.. This is a PQ-example for the grade, with neatly contrasting gray fields and silver devices. Light crust is sprinkled over both sides, but the fields remain largely even in color. Mintage in this year was 15,200 pieces, part of the low-mintage quarter run extending from 1879 to 1889, and this piece would be an excellent start to such a set. CAC stickering and Grading has certified 34 examples in all grades combined with 4 pieces at VF20 and below. Housed in a Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with CAC approval. Ex West Coast and Tenafly Collections. PCGS #5514.
Seated 25C 1888S 1888-S
MS66+
PCGS
43160480

Gem $9500 New February 25! Gem Original, Quito Collection. Given its mintage of 1.2 million, 1888 strikes are often seen as a type piece for the San Francisco mint. Overall strike quality is on the above average side for the Type 2 hubs that present low relief motifs. At the superb gem level, populations are limited with 10 at MS66 and a single MS66+, which is offered here courtesy of the Quito Collection. Frosted surfaces are painted with light rose tints while the overall eye appeal is fantastic. Strike is complete with bold stars and detailed motifs. Granular frosted surfaces are essentially unabraded with a hint of luster breaks in the right obverse field. That is why this piece is not a '67. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2024) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 25C 1888S 1888-S
MS65+
PCGS
37579248

Gem $3750 Gem Original, Oregon Beaver Collection.. Swirling shades of russet, blue-green, and maroon patina cover both sides of this GFRC-rated Gem quarter. The booming, frosty luster is complemented by a sharp strike that reveals defined star points and clean separation in the claws. The CAC population is 32 coins in all grades, with seven pieces finer. Housed in a D.L. Hansen-pedigreed PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) Gold shield holder with CAC approval. The import of the D. L. Hansen pedigree is not yet as recognized as it ought to be, as this still evolving collection is already competitive with the greatest "name" collections in numismatic history. The CAC price guide value in MS65 is $3,190.
Seated 25C 1890 1890
AU50
PCGS
84309063

Choice $600 Choice Original, Saw Mill Run Collection.. The second to last year of Liberty Seated quarter production at the San Francisco Mint brought only 80,000 strikes. The 1890 date is constantly in demand and never lasts long on the GFRC price list. This wonderfully choice example previously sold prior to reaching the price list and his returned to GFRC inventory. Surfaces are toned an even gray-gold which does not impede the underlying steely luster. Bright light viewing exposes lovely rose shades. Fairly graded and housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with CAC approval.
Seated 25C 1890 1890
AU50
PCGS
19088176

Choice $575 Choice Original, Springfield Collection.. The obverse of this lower-mintage piece is marked by thick, silver-gray color with a spray of charcoal patina, while the reverse admits additional gold shades throughout. Briggs 2-B, with a low, even date, and stars softly impressed. The CAC population is 70 pieces in all grades. The CAC guide value is $429 in AU50. Ex. J. J. Teaparty, June 2012. Housed in a PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder with CAC approval. Reverse haze is on the holder.
Seated 25C 1890 1890
AU58 ANACS
2888857

Choice $625 Underrated Date, Superb Cartwheels, Brilliant Frosted Luster, Golden Red-Blue. The Southern Texas Collection has released a lustrous 1890 Philadelphia Seated quarter with Mint State eye appeal. This late date continues to be popular with collectors due to the low 80,000 mintage and is one of the most often Liberty Seated quarters sold by GFRC. This example radiates frosty brilliance with vibrant cartwheels that are certainly eye catching. Sadly, the GFRC images are unable to capture the luster but rather the natural rose-blue and golden shades that are prevalent during in hand viewing. A single surface mark in the right obverse field is noted for completeness. Though housed in older ANACS blue label holder, this lovely quarter screams originality and is worthy of consideration.
Seated 25C 1891 1891
MS64
PCGS
37658602

Gem HOLD
$1150
New April 9! Gem Original, Frosted Luster, Swirling Cartwheels, JUST BUY IT NOW Rated. In my line of work, many great and not so great coins are handled on an ongoing basis. This gorgeous 1891 Seated quarter is an unquestionable gem. True gems must pass the bright light test as undisturbed luster is paramount in the higher MInt State grades. This new purchase is all there with rich frosted luster and swirling cartwheels. Surfaces are unabraded while noting that the obverse is heavily clashed along with die cracks through the stars being visible on the images. This is an exceptional lot and actually surprised it was not scooped up when first posted on the Daily Blog. Let's close this description with a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 25C 1891 1891
MS63 PCGS
46832455

Gem $1200 Conservatively Graded, Sparkling Frosted Luster, Swirling Cartwheels. An exceptional gem 1891 Seated quarter that is conservatively graded. Sparkling luster explodes during bright light inspection along with swirling cartwheels tickling the eyes. An unquestionable gem that previously originated from the "top of the ladder" portion of a recently purchased color collection and then spent time in the Quito Collection. It now returns back to GFRC for another visit. In-hand inspection will promptly justify the offer price as the images are unable to illustrate the incredible luster. Recently crossed into a PCGS holder without CAC submission. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2023) holder.
Seated 25C 1891S 1891-S
AU55
PCGS
38189097

Gem $425 New March 31! Gem Original, Former Saw Mill Run and Tenafly Collections.. Despite a mintage over two million pieces, choice survivors are few and the CAC population stands at 38 pieces in all grades. This gem 1891-S quarter originates from both the Saw Mill Run and Tenafly Collection and deserves similar placement within this auction event. Eye appeal is that of Choice Mint State. Shimmering cartwheels and intermixed olive-rose and gold toning are delightful during bright light inspection. No long description is required as first sold by GFRC as a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with CAC approval. #5526