Proof Liberty Quarter Eagles

Proof Liberty Quarter Eagles were struck at the Philadelphia Mint for each year of the series, including two years during which circulation strikes were not produced. There are a total of 65 different proof issues for the series, with those minted before 1858 extremely difficult to obtain.

From 1840 to 1858, proof quarter eagles were struck in limited numbers, ranging from an estimated 5 pieces to 20 pieces. All of these issues are extremely rare, with no more than a handful of examples for each date confirmed to exist in proof format. For certain years, not a single proof specimen is known to exist.

In 1859, mintages for proof quarter eagles were recorded for the first time and production levels slowly increased, although those of the 1860s and 1870s usually had less than 50 coins struck, with some issues having a proof mintage of just 20 coins. Most easily encountered the issues of the 1890s and 1900s, although it should not be forgotten that all Proof gold coins of this period are rare, and considered to be trophy coins by most collectors. The highest Proof mintage was recorded in 1901, when 223 Proofs were struck.

The two proof only issues of the run are the 1841 Proof Liberty Quarter Eagle and 1863 Proof Liberty Quarter Eagle.

It should be noted that the later proof issues of the series were produced with a slightly different finish, and that they have a different appearance compared to the earlier issues.

The table below indicates the mintage figures for Proof Liberty Quarter Eagles. Exact mintage figures were not recorded for the proof coinage struck from 1840 to 1858.

Proof Liberty Quarter Eagle Mintages

1859 80
1860 112
1861 90
1862 35
1863 30
1864 50
1865 25
1866 30
1867 50
1868 25
1869 25
1870 35
1871 30
1872 30
1873 25
1874 20
1875 20
1876 45
1877 120
1878 20
1879 30
1880 36
1881 51
1882 67
1883 82
1884 73
1885 87
1886 88
1887 122
1888 97
1889 48
1890 93
1891 80
1892 105
1893 106
1894 122
1895 119
1896 132
1897 136
1898 165
1899 150
1900 205
1901 223
1902 193
1903 197
1904 170
1905 144
1906 160
1907 154