The 1857 Seated Liberty quarters have value as numismatic coins. Keep reading to learn more about these silver coins.

1857 Quarter

Specifications

Type: Seated Liberty Quarter
Year: 1857
Face Value: $0.25
Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
Silver Weight: .18 oz.
Total Weight: 6.22 grams
Current Silver Bullion Value: $3.78

The US minted the 1857 quarter with no mint mark and also the 1857 O quarter and 1857 S quarter. The mint mark, when present, can be found on the reverse side of the coin below the eagle.

Series Location Quantity Minted
1857 Philadelphia 9,644,000
1857 O New Orleans 1,180,000
1857 S San Francisco 82,000

Value

This coin in circulated condition is worth at least its weight in silver. The silver melt value for this coin is $3.78 as of October 04, 2022. This melt value is calculated from the current silver spot price of $21.00 per ounce.

The 1857 quarter with no mint mark is worth around $30 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 $600.

The 1857 O quarter is worth around $45 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $150. In extremely fine condition the value is around $300. In uncirculated condition the price is around $1,200 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $2,750.

The 1857 S quarter is worth around $200 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $750. In extremely fine condition the value is around $1,150. In uncirculated condition the price is around $3,500 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $6,000.

A small number of proof coins with no mint mark were minted and they are each valued at around $4,000 in PR 63 condition.

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:

1856 Quarter
1855 Quarter