Sitting Liberty Quarter
This was a surprise finding, and even though it's not in great condition, it's still the only one we have found.
We were detecting an old beach with lots of iron and nails, and was very fortunate to have found it. We can only see the numbers 185?
History: People complained that this quarter looked too much like the twenty cent coin made from 1875 to 1878, and it was about the same size. They started making the Sitting Liberty quarter in 1838 to 1891.
The designer was Christian Gobrecht with a weight of 6.68 grams. The composition was .900 silver and .100 copper, at a diameter of 24.3 mm.
It had a reeded edge,and they were minted in Philadelphia and New Oreleans. The mint mark is located on the reverse below the eagle.
Variety one minted from 1838 to 1853 had no motto above the eagle, with drapery at the elbow, except for the 1844 mint.
Variety two has arrows by the date, and rays around the eagle for 1853 only.
Variety three has arrows at the date, but no rays from 1854 to 1855.
Variety four has a motto In God We Trust above the eagle, from 1866-1873.
Variety five, has arrows at the date 1873-1874. From 1875 to 1891 Variety four resumed.
The most valuable Sitting Liberty quarter is an 1873CC, but any found with a mint mark in fine condition could be worth some bucks.