Liberty Seated Quarter

The Liberty Seated Quarter was issued for a lengthy period of 53 years, which would only be surpassed by the modern Washington type issued half a century later. Throughout the long duration of the series, numerous design and composition changes resulted in an abundance of subtypes for collectors to pursue. The mintage levels for the series dipped to extraordinary lows at several points throughout the series. 

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Liberty Seated Quarter

The original obverse design for the series featured an image of Liberty seated on a rock. She holds a pole with a cap in one hand and a union shield in the other. Minor design changes included the addition of drapery at her elbow early within the series. The later changes were prompted by alterations of the composition, which saw the weight reduced from 6.68 grams to 6.22 grams, and then increased slightly to 6.25 grams. These changes were marked with the addition of arrows and/or rays within the design. Finally, the motto “In God We Trust” was added to the reverse late in the series.

Production took place at Philadelphia, New Orleans, San Francisco, and Carson City. Mintage levels covered an extremely wide range from just a few thousand to more than ten million pieces.

For the Liberty Seated Quarters series:

  • The lowest mintage was seen for 1873-CC without arrows when there were 4,000 pieces reported as struck. Of this number, only 5 are known to exist.
  • The highest mintage was for the 1876 Quarter with 17,816,000 pieces struck.
  • Across all issues, the total reported mintages for the series reached 155,498,956.
  • The average mintage per issue was 1,439,805.

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Liberty Seated Quarter Mintages

1838 (No Drapery) 466,000
1839 (No Drapery) 491,146
1840 (No Drapery) 188,127
1840-O (No Drapery) 382,200
1840-O (Drapery) 43,000
1841 120,000
1841-O 452,000
1842 88,000
1842-O 769,000
1843 645,600
1843-O 968,000
1844 421,200
1844-O 740,000
1845 922,000
1846 510,000
1847 734,000
1847-O 368,000
1848 146,000
1849 340,000
1849-O included below
1850-O 412,000
1850 190,800
1851 160,000
1851-O 88,000
1852 177,060
1852-O 96,000
1853 44,200
1853 Arrows and Rays 15,210,020
1853-O Arrows and Rays 1,332,000
1854 Arrows 12,380,000
1854-O Arrows 1,484,000
1855 Arrows 2,857,000
1855-O Arrows 176,000
1855-S Arrows 396,400
1856 7,264,000
1856-O 968,000
1856-S 286,000
1857 9,644,000
1857-O 1,180,000
1857-S 82,000
1858 7,368,000
1858-O 520,000
1858-S 121,000
1859 1,343,200
1859-O 260,000
1859-S 80,000
1860 804,400
1860-O 388,000
1860-S 56,000
1861 4,853,600
1861-S 96,000
1862 932,000
1862-S 67,000
1863 191,600
1864 93,600
1864-S 20,000
1865 58,800
1865-S 41,000
1866 16,800
1866-S 28,000
1867 20,000
1867-S 48,000
1868 29,400
1868-S 96,000
1869 16,000
1869-S 76,000
1870 86,400
1870-CC 8,340
1871 118,200
1871-S 30,900
1871-CC 10,890
1872 182,000
1872-S 83,000
1872-CC 22,850
1873 212,000
1873-CC 4,000
1873 Arrows 1,271,160
1873-S Arrows 156,000
1873-CC Arrows 12,462
1874 Arrows 471,200
1874-S Arrows 392,000
1875 4,292,800
1875-S 680,000
1875-CC 140,000
1876 17,816,000
1876-S 8,596,000
1876-CC 4,944,000
1877 10,911,200
1877-S 8,996,000
1877-CC 4,192,000
1878 2,260,000
1878-S 140,000
1878-CC 996,000
1879 13,600
1880 13,600
1881 12,000
1882 15,200
1883 14,400
1884 8,000
1885 13,600
1886 5,000
1887 10,000
1888 10,001
1888-S 1,216,000
1889 12,000
1890 80,000
1891 3,920,000
1891-O 68,000
1891-S 2,216,000

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