Seated Liberty Quarter (1838-1891)

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Quarters have played a major role in the coinage of the United States since the earliest days of the US Mint. There have been countless different types of these coins minted over the years, but the Seated Liberty is one of the most popular types of quarters. Minted from the middle stages of the 19th century through to just shy of the 20th century, the Seated Liberty was being circulated during some of the most tense times in American history.

Most every type of Seated Liberty is highly valuable in the eyes of collectors, but it is the special edition and rare versions that really top the price charts. If you are able to find one of these rarer versions in excellent condition, the price of the coin can easily stretch to 4-figures and beyond. For people who are attempting to put together a complete collection of quarters, you cannot do so without the Seated Liberty.

What You Will Pay for a Seated Liberty

As is the case with any series of coins that is over 100 years old, the price you are going to be asked to pay for a coin is something that is not so cut and dry. Things that you have to take into consideration include not only the year the coin was minted, but also its condition. In addition to that, you must also take note of any special markings that may set the coin apart from others. Generally, Seated Liberties have starting prices that range from roughly $15 to $20. This, of course, is all dependent on the condition of the coin as well as its rarity.

In addition to the condition and year, it is important that you also pay attention to the type of Seated Liberty. Because multiple different types of these coins were minted most years, you will find that the difference between a regular seated liberty and a “CC” Seated Liberty are quite drastic.

The Most Sought After Seated Liberty Quarters

Determining which Seated Liberties are highly sought after and which ones are often overlooked is not such a simple task. This is so because coins of this age seem to have no rhyme or reason behind why one coin is incredibly valuable and another isn’t. With regard to Seated Liberties, the difference in price points for coins from the same year will most often come down to the type of coin you own. While the 1877 Seated Liberty may sell for less than $20 in poor condition, the “CC” Seated Liberty from the same year will sell for almost $30 in the same condition. As the coin’s condition improves, the disparity in price only seems to intensify.

Condition does mean a lot to collectors, but when it comes down to it condition is not always the most important aspect of Seated Liberties. You will find many of the older versions of the coin can only be found in poor shape, but they will still sell for a pretty penny.

Seated Liberty Quarter Values

The future value of a coin is something that is never easy to predict, but when it comes to the Seated Liberties you can bet that their value will rise as time moves forward. These coins are only going to become increasingly difficult to find, and that is something that will inevitably inflate the asking price.

What’s more, the longer you wait to purchase, the more likely it will be that all of the extremely well-preserved coins will be bought up. Basically, because of these coins’ extreme age, now is the best time to act if you want to purchase an affordable coin.

Liberty Seated Quarters

DATE GOOD FINE EXTREMELY FINE UNCIRCULATED
1838 Liberty Seated Quarter (No Drapery) $35 $60 $375 $750
1839 Liberty Seated Quarter (No Drapery) $35 $60 $375 $750
1840 Liberty Seated Quarter (No Drapery) (O) $40 $70 $400 $800
1840 Liberty Seated Quarter (Drapery) $25 $55 $180 $300
1840 Liberty Seated Quarter (Drapery) (O) $30 $70 $210 $500
1841 Liberty Seated Quarter $45 $100 $250 $325
1841 Liberty Seated Quarter (O) $30 $60 $175 $320
1842 Liberty Seated Quarter $75 $160 $350 $650
1842 Liberty Seated Quarter (O) $20 $70 $220 $600
1843 Liberty Seated Quarter $25 $35 $85 $175
1843 Liberty Seated Quarter (O) $30 $60 $250 $800
1844 Liberty Seated Quarter $25 $35 $85 $175
1844 Liberty Seated Quarter (O) $30 $60 $200 $360
1845 Liberty Seated Quarter $25 $35 $80 $160
1846 Liberty Seated Quarter $25 $35 $85 $180
1847 Liberty Seated Quarter $25 $35 $80 $160
1847 Liberty Seated Quarter (O) $35 $75 $800 $2,500
1848 Liberty Seated Quarter $25 $60 $175 $300
1849 Liberty Seated Quarter $25 $45 $160 $250
1849 Liberty Seated Quarter (O) $450 $1,100 $6,000 $7,750
1850 Liberty Seated Quarter $30 $65 $175 $475
1850 Liberty Seated Quarter (O) $30 $65 $175 $475
1851 Liberty Seated Quarter $35 $75 $200 $300
1851 Liberty Seated Quarter (O) $150 $475 $1,500 $3,000
1852 Liberty Seated Quarter $45 $95 $225 $300
1852 Liberty Seated Quarter (O) $175 $400 $2,250 $4,500
1853 Liberty Seated Quarter (No Arrows or Rays) $300 $625 $1,500 $3,000
1853 Liberty Seated Quarter $25 $35 $175 $300
1853 Liberty Seated Quarter (O) $25 $60 $250 $1,100
1854 Liberty Seated Quarter $25 $35 $75 $225
1854 Liberty Seated Quarter (O) $30 $45 $100 $275
1855 Liberty Seated Quarter $25 $35 $85 $225
1855 Liberty Seated Quarter (S) $40 $85 $350 $1,100
1856 Liberty Seated Quarter $25 $35 $75 $160
1856 Liberty Seated Quarter (O) $25 $55 $80 $250
1856 Liberty Seated Quarter (S) $40 $100 $1,500 $2,250
1857 Liberty Seated Quarter $25 $35 $75 $160
1857 Liberty Seated Quarter (O) $30 $50 $150 $400
1857 Liberty Seated Quarter (S) $60 $200 $600 $1,200
1858 Liberty Seated Quarter $25 $35 $75 $175
1858 Liberty Seated Quarter (O) $30 $45 $125 $350
1858 Liberty Seated Quarter (S) $25 $35 $75 $175
1859 Liberty Seated Quarter $25 $35 $80 $175
1859 Liberty Seated Quarter (O) $25 $50 $135 $400
1859 Liberty Seated Quarter (S) $100 $350 $4,200 $12,500
1860 Liberty Seated Quarter $25 $35 $80 $175
1860 Liberty Seated Quarter (O) $30 $55 $95 $375
1860 Liberty Seated Quarter (S) $600 $2,000 $12,500 $20,000
1861 Liberty Seated Quarter $25 $33 $80 $175
1861 Liberty Seated Quarter (S) $150 $500 $2,500 $10,000
1862 Liberty Seated Quarter $25 $33 $85 $175
1862 Liberty Seated Quarter (S) $55 $150 $800 $1,800
1863 Liberty Seated Quarter $40 $75 $240 $375
1864 Liberty Seated Quarter $75 $120 $275 $425
1864 Liberty Seated Quarter (S) $35 $75 $800 $2,500
1865 Liberty Seated Quarter $75 $130 $275 $500
1865 Liberty Seated Quarter (S) $85 $175 $1,000 $1,500
1866 Liberty Seated Quarter $350 $625 $1,600 $1,850
1866 Liberty Seated Quarter (S) $200 $575 $2,500 $3,000
1867 Liberty Seated Quarter $200 $450 $1,350 $1,650
1867 Liberty Seated Quarter (S) $200 $525 $4,500 $8,400
1868 Liberty Seated Quarter $120 $200 $525 $625
1868 Liberty Seated Quarter (S) $80 $170 $900 $1,500
1869 Liberty Seated Quarter $250 $425 $900 $1,100
1869 Liberty Seated Quarter (S) $80 $190 $1,000 $1,600
1870 Liberty Seated Quarter $50 $110 $275 $450
1870 Liberty Seated Quarter (CC) $10,000 $18,500 $35,000 $65,000
1871 Liberty Seated Quarter $30 $60 $225 $350
1871 Liberty Seated Quarter (CC) $2,500 $9,500 $25,000 $45,000
1871 Liberty Seated Quarter (S) $325 $1,500 $1,500 $4,500
1872 Liberty Seated Quarter $30 $60 $200 $300
1872 Liberty Seated Quarter (CC) $1,200 $2,400 $12,000 $20,000
1872 Liberty Seated Quarter (S) $750 $1,400 $6,000 $8,000
1873 Liberty Seated Quarter (Close 3) $125 $300 $1,500 $2,500
1873 Liberty Seated Quarter (Open 3) $30 $65 $200 $300
1873 Liberty Seated Quarter (CC) $3,500 $11,500 $25,000 $35,000
1873 Liberty Seated Quarter (S) $35 $65 $350 $750
1874 Liberty Seated Quarter $25 $40 $200 $450
1874 Liberty Seated Quarter (S) $25 $65 $265 $485
1875 Liberty Seated Quarter $25 $35 $65 $160
1875 Liberty Seated Quarter (CC) $80 $200 $650 $1,200
1875 Liberty Seated Quarter (S) $35 $70 $200 $300
1876 Liberty Seated Quarter $25 $35 $65 $160
1876 Liberty Seated Quarter (CC) $45 $75 $120 $250
1876 Liberty Seated Quarter (S) $25 $35 $65 $160
1877 Liberty Seated Quarter $25 $35 $65 $160
1877 Liberty Seated Quarter (CC) $45 $75 $120 $220
1877 Liberty Seated Quarter (S) $25 $35 $65 $160
1878 Liberty Seated Quarter $25 $35 $65 $160
1878 Liberty Seated Quarter (CC) $55 $85 $200 $300
1878 Liberty Seated Quarter (S) $125 $360 $700 $1,300
1879 Liberty Seated Quarter $120 $200 $325 $400
1880 Liberty Seated Quarter $120 $200 $325 $400
1881 Liberty Seated Quarter $160 $250 $375 $425
1882 Liberty Seated Quarter $130 $210 $325 $425
1883 Liberty Seated Quarter $130 $210 $325 $425
1884 Liberty Seated Quarter $225 $350 $550 $600
1885 Liberty Seated Quarter $130 $225 $325 $400
1886 Liberty Seated Quarter $300 $475 $675 $750
1887 Liberty Seated Quarter $225 $325 $475 $525
1888 Liberty Seated Quarter $200 $325 $500 $650
1888 Liberty Seated Quarter (S) $25 $35 $65 $160
1889 Liberty Seated Quarter $150 $225 $325 $450
1890 Liberty Seated Quarter $60 $100 $175 $300
1891 Liberty Seated Quarter $25 $35 $65 $160
1891 Liberty Seated Quarter (O) $200 $600 $2,250 $3,200
1891 Liberty Seated Quarter (S) $25 $35 $70 $160
Source: Red Book