¼ Dollar "Seated Liberty Quarter" without motto

Features

Country United States
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1838-1866
Value 1/4 Dollar = 25 Cents (0.25 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Silver (.900)
Weight 6.22 g
Diameter 24.3 mm
Thickness 1.75 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
References KM# 64
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Thomas Michael (editor), Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Thomas Michael (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.

Obverse

The sitting bust of Liberty with the date below

Lettering:
LIBERTY
1857

Engraver: Christian Gobrecht

Christian Gobrecht was the third Chief Engraver of the United States Mint from 1840 until his death in 1844. He was responsible for designing the famous "Seated Liberty" designs, which were in turn the direct inspiration for the design of the Trade Dollar.

Reverse

An eagle facing left with the denomination below

Lettering:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
QUAR.DOL.

Translation:
United States of America
Quarter Dollar

Engraver: Christian Gobrecht

Christian Gobrecht was the third Chief Engraver of the United States Mint from 1840 until his death in 1844. He was responsible for designing the famous "Seated Liberty" designs, which were in turn the direct inspiration for the design of the Trade Dollar.

Edge

Reeded

Mints

United States Mint, Philadelphia, United States (1792-date)
S United States Mint, San Francisco, United States (1854-date)
O United States Mint, New Orleans, United States

Comments

KM#64.1 is without drapery whereas KM#64.2 is with drapery.

Two varieties for 1842 and 1842-O are distinguished by the size of the numerals in the date. 1852 obverse dies were used to strike the 1853 no-arrows variety, with the 2 being recut to form a 3.

After 1856, this reference is KM#A64

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1838  466,000 3% KM# 64.1 (without motto; without drapery)
1839  491,146 1.3% KM# 64.1 (without motto; without drapery)
1840  188,127 1.9% KM# 64.2
1840 O 425,200 3% KM# 64.1 (without motto; without drapery)
1840 O 1.3% KM# 64.2
1841  120,000 1.1% KM# 64.2
1841 O 452,000 1.9% KM# 64.2
1842  0.5% KM# 64.2 Large date (very rare)
1842  88,000 0.5% KM# 64.2 Small date (ultra rare)
1842 O 1.3% KM# 64.2 Large date
1842 O 769,000 1.3% KM# 64.2 Small date
1843  645,600 3% KM# 64.2
1843 O 968,000 2% KM# 64.2
1844  421,200 3% KM# 64.2
1844 O 740,000 3% KM# 64.2
1845  922,000 1.6% KM# 64.2
1846  510,000 1.6% KM# 64.2
1847  734,000 2% KM# 64.2
1847 O 368,000 1.1% KM# 64.2
1848  146,000 1.1% KM# 64.2
1849  340,000 2% KM# 64.2
1849 O 16,000 0.5% KM# 64.2 (mintage estimated)
1850  190,800 0.5% KM# 64.2
1850 O 412,000 1.6% KM# 64.2
1851  160,000 1.1% KM# 64.2
1851 O 88,000 0.8% KM# 64.2
1852  177,060 1.1% KM# 64.2
1852 O 96,000 0.5% KM# 64.2
1853  44,200 6% KM# 64.2 Repunched (recut) date
1854 S 20,000 2% KM# A64.2
1856  7,264,000 27.72 20% KM# A64.2
1856  30 1.3% KM# A64.2 Proof
1856 O 968,000 5% KM# A64.2
1856 S 286,000 0.5% KM# A64.2
1856 S 0.5% KM# A64.2 Repunched mintmark (large S over small S)
1857  9,644,000 24.94 47.40 26% KM# A64.2
1857  40 1.3% KM# A64.2 Proof
1857 O 1,180,000 3% KM# A64.2
1857 S 82,000 0.8% KM# A64.2
1858  7,368,000 37.73 43.47 24% KM# A64.2
1858  100 1.1% KM# A64.2 Proof
1858 O 520,000 3% KM# A64.2
1858 S 121,000 0.8% KM# A64.2
1859  1,344,000 6% KM# A64.2
1859  800 0.5% KM# A64.2 Proof
1859 O 260,000 2% KM# A64.2
1859 S 80,000 1.1% KM# A64.2
1860  805,400 4% KM# A64.2
1860  1,000 0.5% KM# A64.2 Proof
1860 O 388,000 2% KM# A64.2
1860 S 56,000 0.5% KM# A64.2
1861  4,853,600 17% KM# A64.2
1861  1,000 0.8% KM# A64.2 Proof
1861 S 96,000 1.1% KM# A64.2
1862  932,550 4% KM# A64.2
1862  550 0.8% KM# A64.2 Proof
1862 S 67,000 1.1% KM# A64.2
1863  192,060 1.6% KM# A64.2
1863  460 0.5% KM# A64.2 Proof
1864  94,070 0.8% KM# A64.2
1864  470 0.5% KM# A64.2 Proof
1864 S 20,000 0.5% KM# A64.2
1865  59,300 1.1% KM# A64.2
1865  500 0.5% KM# A64.2 Proof
1865 S 41,000 0.5% KM# A64.2
1866  16,000 0.5% KM# A64.2 Unique

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