PCGS 5437 - 1855-S 25C Arrows

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This type, struck 1853-55 in large quantities, is available in circulated condition. The weight was reduced from 6.68 g to 6.22 g in 1853, along with the other silver coinage, and arrows added 1853-55 to note the change. This is the first year of issue from the San Francisco mint. Tho it is a scarce date, it is more available than any date from San Francisco of the rest of the 1850's and 1860's.

Recorded mintage: 396,400 (highest mintage of all San Francisco quarters prior to 1875).

Specification: 6.22 g, .900 fine silver, .180 troy oz ASW, 24.3 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by Christian Gobrecht.

Catalog reference: KM 81.


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