1842 Quarter Dollars by Variety | Seated Liberty Quarter Dollars by Date | Quarter Dollars by Type



Circulation strikes: 0
Proofs: estimated 10

Designer: Obverse by Thomas Sully, executed by Christian Gobrecht, modified by Robert Ball Hughes; Reverse by Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 24.3 millimeters

Metal Content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 103.1 grains (6.7 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) below the eagle on the reverse

No 1842 Small Date Quarter Dollars were struck for circulation.

The finest 1842 Small Date Quarter Dollars graded by PCGS are 2 PR-65's.

Significant examples:
PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - B. Max Mehl "Jerome Kern", 1950 - Louis Eliasberg, Sr. - Bowers & Merena Galleries "The Rarities Sale", July 31, 2002, Lot 210, illustrated, sold for $87,400.00

"Proof-63".  Ex - R.C.W. Brock - J.P. Morgan - American Numismatic Society.

Proof.  National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution.

Proof.  Discovered in the 1940s by Oscar Schilke in a complete silver and copper 1842 Proof Set - purchased (the complete Proof Set) by Arthur M. and Paul Kagin - purchased (just the Quarter Dollar) circa 1960 by Q. David Bowers - Hazen B. Hinman - Paramount "Century Collection", 1965.  This pedigree of this example may continue with the next example.

Proof.  Stack's "R.L. Miles, Jr.", 1969 - Stack's "S.G. Steckler", 1974 - Stack's "Ellis H. Robison", 1982

Stack's "James A. Stack", March 13-15, 1975 - Julian Leidman - Paramount International Coin Corporation.

According to Q. David Bowers, Breen's listing of known examples contains a couple of errors.  First, the Robison coins is not ex - Smith - Kern.  Second, John Jay Pittman (the "New York State specialist") never owned one (the coin in his 1842 Proof Set was a Prooflike Uncirculated 1842 Large Date Quarter Dollar).

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

"The Rarities Sale" auction catalog, Bowers and Merena Galleries, Lot 210