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1860-S Seated Liberty quarter graded EF-45 sells for $8,812.50

A rare EF-45 1860-S Seated Liberty quarter dollar from a low mintage of 56,000 pieces brought $8,812.50 at Heritage’s Jan. 29 Long Beach auction.

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Heritage’s Jan. 29 to Feb. 1 auctions held at the Long Beach Expo topped $7 million in prices realized and among the series represented in depth were Seated Liberty quarter dollars. This series, produced from 1838 to 1891, has the range and variety that one would expect with a production run that spanned seven decades, multiple design subtypes, production at various U.S. Mints, weight changes and the Civil War. 

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The coin

1860-S Seated Liberty Quarter dollar, EF-45

The price


The story

A nonspecialist may be surprised by the $8,812.50 that an 1860-S Seated Liberty quarter dollar graded Extremely Fine 45 by Professional Coin Grading Service brought on Jan. 29.

What’s even more surprising is that PCGS has graded just one finer (graded Mint State 61). The rare San Francisco Mint issue is from a low mintage of 56,000 pieces and Heritage notes that, while it is tempting to attribute the low mintage to the Civil War, the low production is “likely for reasons unrelated to that distant conflict.”

This particular circulated example is described in the catalog as “frosty” with “scattered abrasions consistent with moderate circulation, but a long, lateral scrape from Liberty’s knee is the only singular mark.”  

Interestingly, a different example graded Numismatic Guaranty Corp. EF-40 also brought $8,812.50, when offered at Heritage’s Jan. 9, 2014, Florida United Numismatists convention auction. 

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