Liberty Seated Quarter (1838 – 1891)

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History

The Seated Liberty quarter dollar was a long and popular series beginning in 1838 and continuing to 1891. These quarter dollars were minted in the Philadelphia, San Francisco, Denver, New Orleans and Carson City mints. The obverse of the coin displays an image of Lady Liberty in a seated position, (hence the name), on top of a rock. In her left hand is a pole with a Phrygian cap on top. Her right hand is on top of a shield with a banner that says “Liberty”. Thirteen stars surround Liberty to signify the original thirteen colonies. The date of mintage is displayed beneath Liberty at the bottom of the coin. The reverse of the coin displays an eagle with wings outspread and a shield on its chest. The eagle is clutching arrows in one talon and an olive branch in the other. The mintmark is situated below the eagle. The Seated Liberty quarter dollar weighed 6.68 grams from 1838 to 1853, 6.22 grams from 1853 to 1873 and 6.25 grams from 1873 until the end of the series in 1891. The fineness of silver remained constant at 90%, but differed in amount consistent with the weight of the coin. The diameter of all Seated Liberty quarter dollars remained the same at 24.3 mm.

Liberty Seated quarter dollars are a very popular series among collectors due to the great diversity of ways they can be collected. Although many common dates in the series in good condition can be obtained for about $25, a complete date and mint set, particularly in mint condition, would be a daunting undertaking for any but the most serious and well financed collector. However, within the over fifty year span of the series there are many ways to collect. Along with date and mintmark, there are also five distinct varieties as well as numerous unique periods of history. Many of the most important periods in American history are represented in this series, from the California gold rush era to the Civil War and continuing through the western expansion of the United States, the cowboy era of the old west and the beginnings of the Industrial Age. Who wouldn’t want to own a piece of American history from one or more of these unique times? While many of the Seated Liberty quarter dollars were minted in the millions, there are several that are quite scarce with only a few thousand minted, (and fewer still surviving to today). There are therefore many coins that have significant value as semi-key and key date coins.

Value

Most common dates in the series even in mint state condition can be purchased for $400 to $500. There are however significant rarities that can be worth in the tens of thousands of dollars. Many of the Carson City issues, because of their rarity and desirability among collectors, can reach values well in excess of $100,000 in mint state. There are also some rare proofs in high grade that have exceeded $500,000.

Because there are so many varied opinions on the condition (or grade) of a coin, the aforementioned values reflect the highest retail prices that have been obtained for those coins that have been assessed by a third party grading company. Such coins have been authenticated, graded and encapsulated by expert coin grading companies to minimize any doubt as to their quality and value and therefore their potential worth.
Since these coins have a high silver content, they are referred to as “constitutional” silver and raw, ungraded examples have been sold and melted down for their silver content.

We Buy Seated Liberty Quarter Dollars

We want to buy your coins and as a business it is our pledge to offer you the best value for your coins, however, always remember that the prices you may find online or in price guides usually represent the highest retail value for the coin in an already certified condition. As a trusted dealer we will have our coin specialists evaluate your coins at no cost and offer you a price that is both fair for you, but that also allows us to realize a reasonable profit.