The 1856 Seated Liberty quarters have value as numismatic coins. Keep reading to learn more about these silver coins.

1856 Quarter

Specifications

Type: Seated Liberty Quarter
Year: 1856
Face Value: $0.25
Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
Silver Weight: .18 oz.
Total Weight: 6.22 grams
Current Silver Bullion Value: $3.92

The US minted the 1856 quarter with no mint mark and also the 1856 O quarter and 1856 S quarter. The mint mark, when present, can be found on the reverse side of the coin below the eagle.

Series Location Quantity Minted
1856 Philadelphia 7,264,000
1856 O New Orleans 968,000
1856 S San Francisco 286,000

Value

This coin in circulated condition is worth at least its weight in silver. The silver melt value for this coin is $3.92 as of May 21, 2022. This melt value is calculated from the current silver spot price of $21.75 per ounce.

The 1856 quarter with no mint mark is worth around $28 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $45. In extremely fine condition the value is around $75. In uncirculated condition the price is around $350 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $650.

The 1856 O quarter is worth around $45 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $125. In extremely fine condition the value is around $250. In uncirculated condition the price is around $1,000 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $2,500.

The 1856 S quarter is worth around $325 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $800. In extremely fine condition the value is around $2,000. In uncirculated condition the price is around $7,500 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $13,500.

A small number of proof coins with no mint mark were minted and they are each valued at around $4,500 in PR 63 condition.

S Over Small S Error Coins

There is a notable error variety for the 1856 S quarter. On this coin the S mint mark is minted over a smaller S.

The 1856 S quarter with the S over small S error is worth around $500 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $2,500. In extremely fine condition the value is around $7,500.

Grading System

Good- The word "LIBERTY" on the shield is not readable. The letters and the date are readable.

Very fine- The word "LIBERTY" on the shield is strong.

Extremely fine- The word "LIBERTY" on the shield and the edges on the scroll are distinct.

MS 60 uncirculated- There are no signs of wear. The coin has luster, but there may be a few stains, abrasions, or surface marks.

MS 63 choice uncirculated- In the major focal areas there are some blemishes or contact marks. The coin's luster might not be as prominent.

PR 63 proof- This coin has reflective surfaces and only a few blemishes away from the major focal points. There are no major flaws.

 

Sources:

The Red Book


See also:

1857 Quarter
1855 Quarter
1854 Quarter