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[1838-1891] Seated Liberty Quarters

Designed by Christian Gobrecht, the “Liberty Seated Quarter” was issued from 1838 until 1891. It had a metallic composition of .900 silver and .100 copper, a weight of 6.68 grams, a 24.3 millimeter diameter and a reeded edge. The coins were minted at both the Philadelphia and New Orleans Mints. Five different varieties of the Liberty Seated Quarter were issued; Variety 1 was the “No Motto Above Eagle” version that was issued from 1838 until 1853. Variety 1 quarters were minted at the Philadelphia and New Orleans Mints. Variety 2 was a one year issue in 1853 and was known as the “Arrows at Date, Rays Around Eagle” variety and was also minted at the Philadelphia and New Orleans Mints. From 1854 until 1855, the Variety 3 quarter was minted and is known as the “Arrows at Date, No Rays” issue. Variety 3 quarters were minted at the Philadelphia, New Orleans and San Francisco Mints. To complicate matters a bit, from 1856 until 1865, Variety 1 was resumed, but with the weight characteristics of the Variety 2 quarter. Variety 4, minted at the Philadelphia, San Francisco and Carson City Mints, is known as the “Motto Above Eagle” variety appeared in 1866 and was minted until 1873 when for another two years, 1873 and 1874, arrowheads were again placed on both sides of the date creating Variety 5, the “Arrows at Date” variety, also minted at the Philadelphia, San Francisco and Carson City Mints. In 1875, minting of Variety 4 quarters was resumed, but with the weight standard of Variety 5 coins.

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