1886 Seated Liberty Quarter

In the 1880’s, Seated Liberty Quarter mintages at the Philadelphia Mint were low, with less than 15,000 pieces produced in each year. On several occasions the annual mintage dipped below 10,000. The lowest mintage was reached with the 1886 Seated Liberty Quarter, when only 5,000 were produced for circulation.

Despite the low mintage, this is an issue which is relatively affordable, as are other issues of this decade. This is a result of the lack or circulation and hoarding of the coins on a relatively large scale. Not surprisingly, virtually all surviving 1880’s quarters are in high grades, with well circulated coins in the distinct minority.

One of the finest known 1886 Seated Liberty Quarters graded PCGS MS67 sold for $18,400 at auction in 2006.