¼ Dollar "Seated Liberty Quarter" without motto

Features

Issuer United States
Period Federal republic (1776-date)
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 ↑↓
Number N# 4942
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References KM# 64
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.

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)
O United States Mint, New Orleans, United States (1835-1942)
S United States Mint, San Francisco, United States (1854-date)

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 1.4% KM# 64.1 (without motto; without drapery)
1840  188 127 1.6% KM# 64.2
1840 O 425 200 2% KM# 64.1 (without motto; without drapery)
1840 O 1.4% KM# 64.2
1841  120 000 0.9% KM# 64.2
1841 O 452 000 1.6% 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 1.1% KM# 64.2 Large date
1842 O 769 000 1.1% 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 2% KM# 64.2
1845  922 000 2% KM# 64.2
1846  510 000 1.4% KM# 64.2
1847  734 000 2% KM# 64.2
1847 O 368 000 0.9% KM# 64.2
1848  146 000 1.1% KM# 64.2
1849  340 000 1.8% 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 1.4% KM# 64.2
1851  160 000 0.9% KM# 64.2
1851 O 88 000 0.7% KM# 64.2
1852  177 060 0.7% 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 $ 26 $ 49 19% KM# A64.2
1856  30 1.1% 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 $ 39 26% KM# A64.2
1857  40 1.1% KM# A64.2 Proof
1857 O 1 180 000 2% KM# A64.2
1857 S 82 000 0.7% KM# A64.2
1858  7 368 000 $ 35 $ 41 23% KM# A64.2
1858  100 0.9% KM# A64.2 Proof
1858 O 520 000 3% KM# A64.2
1858 S 121 000 0.7% KM# A64.2
1859  1 344 000 5% KM# A64.2
1859  800 0.5% KM# A64.2 Proof
1859 O 260 000 1.8% KM# A64.2
1859 S 80 000 0.9% KM# A64.2
1860  805 400 3% KM# A64.2
1860  1 000 0.5% KM# A64.2 Proof
1860 O 388 000 2% KM# A64.2
1860 S 56 000 0.7% KM# A64.2
1861  4 853 600 $ 25 17% KM# A64.2
1861  1 000 0.7% KM# A64.2 Proof
1861 S 96 000 0.9% KM# A64.2
1862  932 550 3% KM# A64.2
1862  550 0.7% KM# A64.2 Proof
1862 S 67 000 0.9% KM# A64.2
1863  192 060 1.4% KM# A64.2
1863  460 0.5% KM# A64.2 Proof
1864  94 070 0.7% KM# A64.2
1864  470 0.5% KM# A64.2 Proof
1864 S 20 000 0.5% KM# A64.2
1865  59 300 0.9% 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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