1858-S Seated Liberty Quarter

The story of the 1858-S Seated Liberty closely mirrors that of the 1856-S quarter.

Only 121,000 pieces of the 1858-S were struck, and virtually all of them were immediately fed into the boomtown economy of Gold Rush era.(1)

As badly as subsidiary silver coins were needed in San Francisco and other population centers of Northern California, much of the Mint’s resources were consumed with the production of nearly 847,000 double eagles that year.(2)

The 1858-S is rare in all grades, with survivorship estimated at 175 examples. The coin becomes almost impossible to find in grades above About Uncirculated (AU).(3)

Despite an odd price spike and quick retreat in 2010-11, the 1858-S has consistently outperformed nearly every collectible United States coin.

Estimated survivors in all grades: 175
? The survivor estimate from PCGS represents an average of one or more experts' opinions as to how many examples survive of a particular coin in all grades. Survival estimates include coins that are raw, certified by PCGS, and certified by other grading services.
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PCGS Rarity Scale: 7.2
? The 'PCGS CoinFacts Rarity Scale' assesses the relative rarity of all U.S. coins, based on estimated surviving examples. The scale runs from 1.0 to 10.0. The higher the number, the rarer the coin.
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1. Stack's Bowers Galleries.  1858-S Liberty Seated Quarter.  Jun 2021 Auction.

2. Heritage Auctions.  1858-S 25C.  May 2015 Auction.

3. PCGS.  1858-S 25C (Regular Strike).

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