My newest purchase
I purchased an 1875 cc 25c in XF45 today! While it's a great coin, it also completed my set of Carson City mint quarters.
In celebration, I thought that I would post some images, and share some thoughts on them. Overall, the quarters are one of the toughest of the nine series of coinage minted in Carson City (10c, 20c, 25c, 50c, $1 Seated, $1 Trade, $1 Morgan, $5, $10, and $20). the only series that comes close, in my opinion, is the dimes. The 20c is a two coin series, but once you have the 1876, you can easily find the 1875.
With both the dimes and quarters, the pre-1875 issues are challenging. Both of these series contain major rarities, the unique 1873 no arrows dime and population five quarter. Even if you exclude these two rare issues, there are still many challenging coins needed to complete each series. Below is the listing of quarters from my current set.
1870 - XF40 CAC (6 in 40, 6 finer)
Purchased in 2012, and we part of my original set of 105 Carson City coins. One of my first CAC submissions, and it got the bean. Great looking in hand with original skin. One of my top ten coins in my set.
1871 - VF30 (2 in 30, 12 finer)
Purchased in 2013 as part of my original set. Nice dirt around the devices. Hard to find in any grade.
1872 - AU53 (1 in 53, 4 finer)
One of the last three coins bought for my original set in mid-2018. Shortly after, I realized that I was trying to compete at a level beyond my abilities, and a new project came along, so I began selling off about 2/3 of my collection, including my mint state 1875 to 1878 quarters.
1873 without arrows - F details (1 in F details, 4 finer (1 in NGC40, and three in PCGS Uncirculated)
Purchased in 2015 in an NGC holder. Crossed it to PCGS in early 2021. Part of my original set. An amazing rarity in U.S. Numismatics which was discovered in 1996. I knew that it existed, and as luck would have it, it found it's way to me within a couple of months.
1873 with arrows - VF25 (2 in 25, 12 finer)
Another rarity from Carson City. Nice looking surfaces. While conventional wisdom would rank the first five coins in terms or rarity, none of them is easy to find. All five are a privilege to own.
1875 - XF45 (8 in 45, 54 finer)
The last coin to complete this set. Not as difficult as the first five quarters, but definitely harder than the last three. Great looking quarter which I am proud to add to my set.
1876 - XF40 CAC (51 in 40, 403 finer)
Nice centennial year issue. Images are darker than in person, but a wholesome looking coin. First quarter that I purchased as part of my circulated set.
1877 - XF40 CAC (47 in 40, 642 finer)
Nice wholesome quarter!
1878 - XF40 CAC (26 in 40, 344 finer)
Last year of issue for most minor silver Carson City coinage (10c, 25c, and 50c, 20c mintage stopped in 1876. Nice looking original quarter.