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1878-s Seated Quarters and Half Dollars

Manifest_DestinyManifest_Destiny Posts: 3,046 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited December 11, 2023 10:48AM in U.S. Coin Forum

1878 was a pivotal year for coinage as the three (soon to be four) operating mints geared up for Morgan Dollar production mandated by the Bland-Allison Act. The only minor coins produced at San Francisco were quarters and half dollars, both of which are key dates in their series.

The half dollar, with only 12,000 minted, is a major rarity and only about 50 are estimated to survive. The only seated halves rarer than the 1878-s are the 1853-o no arrows and the 1842 reverse of 39, both of which have 4 known and are considered non collectible.

There were 140,000 1878-s quarters minted but most were probably melted and they're far scarcer than the mintage would indicate. The 1878-s quarter is one of the keys to the set and is extremely hard to find without problems. Here is my VF details example, one of only 3 coins in my set that isn't straight graded.


  • CrepidoderaCrepidodera Posts: 169 ✭✭✭✭

    Yes, I owned the coin from 2016-2018. You'll like the coin Don.


  • CrepidoderaCrepidodera Posts: 169 ✭✭✭✭


    Another very nice coin I once owned.


  • Manifest_DestinyManifest_Destiny Posts: 3,046 ✭✭✭✭✭

    This coin just sold on ebay. I didn't win it and I wish I'd have bid higher. Looks like it's been off the market since the 80's. My guess is it will grade VF25. Tough coin.

  • CrepidoderaCrepidodera Posts: 169 ✭✭✭✭

    Don, I think Littleton graded it correctly, I see it as F15 max. Your new F12 is a more wholesome coin.


  • WCCWCC Posts: 2,340 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I don't consider the scarcity of the 1878-S half comparable to the other two. Date/MM versus die varieties.

  • Manifest_DestinyManifest_Destiny Posts: 3,046 ✭✭✭✭✭


  • RichieURichRichieURich Posts: 8,347 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Wow, Okiedude, great coin!!!

    An authorized PCGS dealer, and a contributor to the Red Book.

  • Manifest_DestinyManifest_Destiny Posts: 3,046 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Manifest_Destiny said:
    I just got this F12 straight graded coin to replace my cleaned VF details above. Now there are only two details coins left in my set. I believe this coin once belonged to Doug @Crepidodera

    Reholder Trueview

    The actual look of the coin is somewhere in between the two pics.

  • CryptoCrypto Posts: 3,346 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Holy crap that’s a hell of a 78s half

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