Click to enlargeJ386/P454

The so-called transitional quarter using the reverse of 1866-1891.

These and the other "with motto" patterns of this date and also 1863 and possibly 1865 are actually restrikes made circa 1869 and into the early 1870s and offered with restrikes of other denominations in complete sets. The reverse die used here is the same as on the 1869 and 1870 pattern and trial pieces and 1871 J1093-5 with die rust between the eagle's right (observers left) wing and the olive branch. The die state is later than on the 1869 pieces.

According to Heritage's January 2007 fun sale, the obverse die is the same as used to strike J384/P452 where a piece was described as follows:

"The obverse die doesn't match any known varieties listed by Larry Briggs in his reference of the Liberty Seated quarter series. The date is positioned farther left than on any known business strike or proof production pieces".

Examples were struck as follows:

Silver J386/P454 with about a dozen known.

Copper J387/P455 with about a dozen known.

Aluminum J388/P456 with the following 2 confirmed.

1) Kagin's 77 ANA, Stacks 1/87

2) 67 ANA, Johnson-Hughes 1/79, Goldberg 2/00, Simpson collection - PCGS67

Nickel J389/P457 with only the Doughty (1891), H.P. Smith (1906), Brand (journal #33868), Lohr, Boosel-RARCOA 4/72, Auction 86, B/M 1/97, Goldberg 2/00, Goldberg 5/06, Simpson - PCGS65 confirmed.

Note: Newcomer owned a half dollar and dollar in nickel but a second example of the quarter does not appear in the Newcomer inventory. Woodin's is described as nickel in the 1914 ANS exhibit but shows the AW #440 for silver. Also, nickel was not included in the Adams & Woodin book so thus there may be only the one example.

Photo courtesy of American Numismatic Rarities.