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The 20 Most Valuable Rare Quarters (And Their Worth)

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The following list details the 20 most valuable United States quarters from the late 1800s to the current date. This list is intended to be used by coin collectors as a tool to score some great coins at antique shops and maybe even estate sales. It helps to know right off hand what the most valuable coins in a specific coin type are. Coins are in order of 20 from most valuable to least valuable.

  1. 1804 Draped Bust Quarter - Worth $157, 702
  2. 1870 CC Liberty Seated Quarter - Worth $150,000
  3. 1871 CC Liberty Seated Quarter - Worth $115,000
  4. 1827 Capped Bust Quarter - Worth $109,140
  5. 1823 Capped Bust Quarter - Worth $96,775
  6. 1796 Draped Bust Quarter - Worth $93,750
  7. 1873 CC Liberty Seated Quarter - Worth $90,000
  8. 1822 Capped Bust Quarter - Worth $74,796
  9. 1842 O Liberty Seated Quarter - Worth $58,000
  10. 1824 Capped Bust Quarter - Worth $57,243
  11. 1860 S Liberty Seated Quarter - Worth $55,000
  12. 1859 S Liberty Seated Quarter - Worth $53,500
  13. 1852 O Liberty Seated Quarter - Worth $37,867
  14. 1901 S Barber Quarter - Worth $36,212
  15. 1861 S Liberty Seated Quarter - Worth $35,798
  16. 1872 CC Liberty Seated Quarter - Worth $35,310
  17. 1851 O Liberty Seated Quarter - Worth $34,377
  18. 1867 S Liberty Seated Quarter - Worth $33,597
  19. 1873 Liberty Seated Quarter - Worth $32, 117
  20. 1864 S Liberty Seated Quarter - Worth $30,694
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Draped Bust was the name given to a design of United States coins created by the Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint (1793–1823), Robert Scot.

1804 Draped Bust Quarter Value

As a rough estimate of this coin’s value, you can assume this coin in average condition will be valued at somewhere around $1588.00, while one in certified mint state could bring as much as $157,702 at auction. This price does not reference any standard coin grading scale. So when we say average, we mean in a similar condition to other coins issued in 1804, and mint state meaning it is certified MS+ by one of the top coin grading companies.

1870 CC Liberty Seated Quarter Value

As a rough estimate of this coin’s value, you can assume this coin in average condition will be valued at somewhere around $7800.00, while one in certified mint state could bring in as much as $150,000 at auction. This price does not reference any standard grading scale. So when we say average, we mean in a similar condition to other coins issued in 1870, and mint state meaning it is certified MS+ by one of the top grading companies.

1871 CC Seated Liberty Quarter Value

As a rough estimate of this coin’s value, you can assume this coin in average condition will be valued at somewhere around $1622.00, while in certified mint state condition could bring as much as $115,000 at auction. This price does not reference any standard grading scale. So when we say average, we mean in a similar condition to other coins issued in 1871, and mint state meaning it is certified MS+ by one of the top coin grading companies.

1827 Capped Bust Quarter Value

As a rough estimate of this coin’s value, you can assume this coin in average condition will be valued at somewhere around $4073.00, while one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $109,140 at auction. This price does not reference any standard coin grading scale. So when we say average, we mean in a similar condition to other coins issued in 1827, and mint state meaning it is certified MS+ by one of the top coin grading companies.

1823 Capped Bust Quarter Value

As a rough estimate of this coin’s value you can assume in average condition will be valued at somewhere around $18573.00, while one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $96,775 at auction. This price does not reference any standard coin grading scale. So when we say average, we mean in a similar condition to other coins issued in 1823, and mint state meaning it is certified MS+ by one of the top coin grading companies.

1796 Draped Bust Quarter Value

As a rough estimate of this coin’s value, you can assume this coin in average condition will be valued at somewhere around $6312.00, while one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $93,750 at auction. This price does not reference any standard coin grading scale. So when we say average, we mean in a similar condition to other coins issued in 1796, and mint state meaning it is certified by one of the top coin grading companies. 

1873 CC Seated Liberty Quarter Value

As a rough estimate of this coin’s value you can assume this coin in average condition will be valued at somewhere around $3000.00, while in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $90,000 at auction. This price does not reference any standard coin grading scale. So when we say average, we mean in a similar condition to other coins issued in 1873, and mint state meaning it is certified MS+ by one of the top coin grading companies.

1822 Capped Bust Quarter Value

As a rough estimate of this coin’s value, you can assume this coin in average condition will be valued at somewhere around $823.00, while one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $74,798 at auction. This price does not reference any standard coin grading scale. So when we say average, we mean in a similar condition to other coins issued in 1822, and mint state meaning it is certified MS+ by one of the top coin grading companies.

1842 O Seated Liberty Quarter Value

As a rough estimate of this coin’s value, you can assume this coin in average condition will be valued at somewhere around $20.00, while one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $58,000 at auction. This price does not reference any standard coin grading scale. So when we say average, we mean in a similar condition to other coins issued in1842, and mint state meaning it is certified MS+ by one of the top coin grading companies.

1824 Capped Bust Quarter Value

As a rough estimate of this coin’s value, you can assume this coin in average condition will be valued at somewhere around $293.00, while one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $57,243 at auction. This price does not reference any standard coin grading scale. So when we say average, we mean in a similar condition to other coins issued in 1824, and mint state meaning it is certified MS+ by one of the top coin grading companies.

1860 S Seated Liberty Quarter Value

As a rough estimate of this coin’s value, you can assume this coin in average condition will be valued at somewhere around $450.00, while one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $55,000 at auction. This price does not reference any standard coin grading scale. So when we say average, we mean in a similar condition to other coins issued in 1860, and mint state meaning it is certified MS+ by one of the top coin grading companies.

1859 S Seated Liberty Quarter Value

As a rough estimate of this coin’s value, you can assume this coin in average condition will be valued at somewhere around $93.00, while one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $53,500 at auction. This price does not reference any standard coin grading scale. So when we say average, we mean in a similar condition to other coins issued in 1859, and mint state meaning it is certified MS+ by one of the top coin grading companies.

1852 O Seated Liberty Quarter Value

As a rough estimate of this coin’s value, you can assume this coin in average condition will be valued at somewhere around $1154.00, while one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $37,867 at auction. This price does not reference any standard coin grading scale. So when we say average, we mean in a similar condition to other coins issued in 1852, and mint state meaning it is certified MS+ by one of the top coin grading companies.

1901 S Barber Quarter Value

As a rough estimate of this coin’s value, you can assume this coin in average condition will be valued at somewhere around $4223.00, while one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $36,212 at auction. This price does not reference any standard coin grading scale. So when we say average, we mean in a similar condition to other coins issued in 1901, and mint state meaning it is certified MS+ by one of the top coin grading companies.

1861 S Seated Liberty Quarter Value

As a rough estimate of this coin’s value, you can assume this coin in average condition will be valued at somewhere around $51.00, while one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $35,798 at auction. This price does not reference any standard coin grading scale. So when we say average, we mean in a similar condition to other coins issued in 1861, and mint state meaning it is certified MS+ by one of the top coin grading companies.

1872 CC Seated Liberty Quarter Value

As a rough estimate of this coin’s value, you can assume this coin in average condition will be valued at somewhere around $465.00, while one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $35,310 at auction. This price does not reference any standard coin grading scale. So when we say average, we mean in a similar condition to other coins issued in 1872, and mint state meaning it is certified MS+ by one of the top coin grading companies.

1851 O Seated Liberty Quarter Value

As a rough estimate of this coin’s value, you can assume this coin in average condition will be valued at somewhere around $125.00, while one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $34,377 at auction. This price does not reference any standard coin grading scale. So when we say average, we mean in a similar condition to other coins issued in 1851, and mint state meaning it is certified MS+ by one of the top coin grading companies.

1867 S Seated Liberty Quarter Value

As a rough estimate of this coin’s value, you can assume this coin in average condition will be valued at somewhere around $149.00, while one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $33,597 at auction. This price does not reference any standard coin grading scale. So when we say average, we mean in a similar condition to other coins issued in 1867, and mint state meaning it is certified MS+ by one of the top coin grading companies.

1873 Seated Liberty Quarter Value

As a rough estimate of this coin’s value, you can assume this coin in average condition will be valued at somewhere around $81.00, while one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $32,117 at auction. This price does not reference any standard coin grading scale. So when we say average, we mean in a similar condition to other coins issued in 1873, and mint state meaning it is certified MS+ by one of the top coin grading companies.

1864 S Seated Liberty Quarter Value

As a rough estimate of this coin’s value, you can assume this coin in average condition will be valued at somewhere around $235.00, while one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $30,694 at auction. This price does not reference any standard coin grading scale. So when we say average, we mean in a similar condition to other coins issued in 1864, and mint state meaning it is certified MS+ by one of the top coin grading companies.

What Is A Quarter?

The quarter (short for “quarter dollar”) is a U.S. coin with a denomination worth 25 cents, or ¼ of a U.S. dollar of a quarter’s worth of money. Formally it is known as a “quarter dollar.” It has a diameter of 24.26 millimeters and a nominal thickness of 1.75 millimeters. Coins that are currently minted for circulation by The United States Mint are composed of outer layers of 75 percent copper and 25 percent nickel, with a core of pure copper.

Individual coins minted explicitly for coin collecting can consist of the copper-nickel alloy or a distinctive combination of 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper, whether uncirculated or circulated. These compositions of copper and nickel for the clad quarters of coinage, and 90% silver for special collector coins have been dictated by United States law as approved by Congress and signed by the President of the United States.

It cost more to produce a coin with 90% silver and 10% copper than a coin would be made of almost pure silver. This is due to the fact that most silver refineries produce 99.99% pure silver for most manufacturing uses putting up coin values.

In 2019, a new law was passed that allowed the Philadelphia mint, San Francisco mint, and Denver mint to use “no less than 90% silver” in commemorative and special edition coins of collectibles and proof sets in mint condition.

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The United States Mint is responsible for controlling the movement of bullion and producing coins for the country to conduct its trade and commerce.

History Of The Quarter Dollar

The United States quarter-dollar was authorized by the Mint Act of April 2, 1792. Although the United States Mint could have started producing them immediately, the U.S. Mint did not mint the first quarter until 1796, which were valuable George Washington quarters and the Liberty Heads and Standing Liberty quarters which made your pocket change.

At that time, the United States did not create coins on its own accord, apart from now valuable error coins on key dates. It waited for citizens to deposit precious metals and silver bullion and then make specific silver dollars of US quarters to order at the request of the depositor.

The mint kept a small percentage of the deposit to cover its cost of manufacturing the coins. The first quarter dollars produced in 1796 featured the Draped Bust design on the obverse with a small eagle on the reverse. Typically, the mint usually provides a large number of coins in the first year of issue, but only 6,146 coins were produced that year, including dollar coins.

It wasn’t until 1804 when the mint produced quarters again, but this time with a heraldic eagle on the reverse. In 1815 the design was changed to John Reich’s rendition of the Capped Bust quarter. Production was intermittent during this time, and mintage figures varied according to rare coins and the rarest quarter series made up of silver quarters with doubled die obverse.

In 1838 the quarter’s design was changed to Christian Gobrecht’s Liberty Seated motif. Although the mint implemented several minor design changes over the years, production was entirely consistent until it was last produced in 1874. The only exception during this time frame was the period of the Civil War.

The Final Thought

The largest coin ever made by the United States Mint is the American the Beautiful Silver Bullion Quarter. Although the coin has a face value of twenty-five cents, it is composed of five troy ounces of .999 pure silver which is a numismatic dream. It was never intended to circulate as a quarter, but to be sold to coin collectors and investors who want to buy silver bullion. And it sells well!

 

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