researcher and coin collector Greg Johnson is seeking concrete
evidence that three different reverse dies were used in striking
1873-S Seated Liberty quarter dollars at the San Francisco Mint.
the February 2016 issue of
E-Gobrecht, the electronic newsletter of the Liberty Seated
Collectors Club, Johnson discusses and illustrates the two
reverses for which examples are well-known.
A exhibits a large, open S Mint mark that is positioned just below the
bottom tail feather of the top arrow, and above the upright of the R
in QUAR. DOL. Reverse B exhibits a smaller, more squashed Mint mark,
positioned in the field below where the tail feathers of the top arrow
cross the branch held in the eagle's right talon, and above the right
side of the R in QUAR.
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on his research of the Heritage Auctions archives, Johnson says that
in 71 confirmed sales of 1873-S Seated Liberty quarter dollars,
proportionately, three to four examples of coins with Reverse B were
offered to every example with Reverse A.
explains that Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and
Colonial Coins, published in 1988, describes, but does not
illustrate, an 1873-S Seated Liberty, Open 3 quarter dollar with
Double S Mint mark, the first punch too low, then corrected.
states he has never seen an example of the reverse that Breen
identifies, and none of the 71 1873-S Seated Liberty quarter dollars
recorded in Heritage's archives exhibit the reverse.
suggested third reverse is also not cited in Larry Briggs' subsequent
detailed reference, The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of United States
Liberty Seated Quarters.