The 1925-S Peace Dollar is one of the most conditionally challenging issues of the entire series. As discussed for some of the previous San Francisco issues, this issue suffers from predominantly weak strikes and excessive contact marks and abrasions which preclude higher mint state grades. Even some of the examples which have received a gem grade may have poor eye appeal due to weakness of strike or unattractive toning.
From an original mintage of 1,610,000, only about 100 coins have received a grade of MS65 from either PCGS or NGC. There have been no examples graded finer at PCGS, while NGC has graded a single coin as MS66.
The prices for examples of this issue graded MS65 show a wide variance based on quality within the grade. Coins in NGC holders have sold for prices ranging from around $7,000 to $18,000. Coins in PCGS holders have sold for prices ranging from around $13,000 to $25,000. Coins selling for the highest prices tend to have sharper strikes and more attractive luster or toning.
1925-S Peace Dollar Mintage and Specifications
Mint mark: S (San Francisco)
Designer: Anthony de Francisci
Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
Weight: 26.73 grams
Diameter: 38.1 mm