The 1876 Quarter has the highest mintage out of all the dates in the Liberty Seated Quarter series. A total of 17,816,000 pieces were struck at the Philadelphia (no mintmark), while San Francisco (S) and Carson City (CC) produced 8,596,000 and 4,944,000 coins respectively. This means that 1876 Quarters are fairly common and easy to locate, however, there are some rare varieties in the series.
On the obverse of the 1876 Liberty Seated Quarter is Lady Liberty seated on a rock. She is holding a shield inscribed LIBERTY in one hand and a pole with a Liberty cap in the other. Thirteen stars surround the image, with the date 1876 engraved below.
The reverse displays an eagle with outstretched wings, perched on an olive branch and clutching some arrows and branches in its talons. Above the bird is the motto IN GOD WE TRUST, with the other design elements encircled by UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and QUAR. DOL. 1876 Quarters struck at San Francisco and Carson City will feature a mintmark on the reverse directly below the eagle.
As mentioned above, the 1876 Quarter is rich in varieties, some of which are more sought after than others due to their rare nature. Around one hundred obverse dies and over one hundred reverse dies were prepared for the series, many of which are listed in Larry Briggs’ publication titled The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of United States Liberty Seated Quarters.
The 1876-CC comes in five different versions, all related to the reverse and CC mintmark. Some of the pieces have what’s known as the Type 1 reverse, with the letters TAT in STATES nearly touching, while others have the Type 2 reverse which displays the letters TAT clearly separated. The CC mintmark was only added once the dies had been sent from the Philadelphia Mint, which resulted in small, medium and tall mintmark varieties.
With regards to the 1876 Quarters struck at the Philadelphia Mint (no mintmark), the majority were struck with the Type 2 reverse. Much fewer examples have the Type 1 reverse and are a lot harder to locate. Then there’s the 1876-S issue from the San Francisco Mint, most of which feature the Type 2 reverse, making specimens with the Type 1 reverse much rarer. We should also note that there are at least two misplaced dates (MPD) varieties and the majority of 1876-S Quarters have a medium, small S mintmark.
If you want to purchase well-preserved 1876 Liberty Seated Quarters at an affordable price, now is the time to do so. This particular series has always been popular, but as more people are getting interested in collecting and investing in old coins, the harder it is to find the 1876 issue. You also need to know that the 1876 Quarter is rising in value as each year passes.
Here at Capital Gold Group, we handpick all of the old and rare coins that we source for our clients. This means that we can provide you with the many varieties listed above, as well as any other rare variety of interest to you. For answers to questions or to discuss how you can get your hands on 1876 Quarters, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our trusted experts today.