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Terrific 1926 Sesquicentennial Quarter Eagle, MS67

1926 $2 1/2 Sesquicentennial MS67 NGC. Congress authorized the 1926 Sesquicentennial commemorative issue to raise funds for a celebratory fair in Philadelphia. The full name of this issue, sometimes simply called the Sesqui, is the Sesquicentennial of American Independence quarter eagle. Both half dollars and quarter eagles were issued, each designed by John R. Sinnock, Chief Engraver of the United States Mint at the time. While the half dollar has conjoined busts of George Washington and Calvin Coolidge, the quarter eagle has a different design. A female with flowing gown stands on top of the world, holding a scroll in one hand and a torch in the other. The scroll is intended to represent the Declaration of Independence while the torch represents freedom. The reverse depicts a front view of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. The 1926 Sesquicentennial quarter eagle was the final commemorative gold issue prior to the modern era of gold commemoratives that began in 1984.
Though the vast majority of known Sesquicentennial quarter eagle survivors fall short of the design's remarkable promise, the present piece is a stunning exemplar. Its devices offer undeniably exquisite detail, virtually unheard-of for this often-weak issue, and hints of sparkling frost on the uppermost design elements. The surfaces are delightfully lustrous and primarily yellow-gold with occasional hints of peach and straw close to the margins. The preservation is magnificent, and the coin appears virtually flawless, even under close inspection. The discerning gold commemorative enthusiast would do well to consider this amazing Superb Gem. NGC has graded just three MS67 examples of this issue and PCGS none, with no finer pieces in the combined certified population (6/08).
From The Dan McClure Collection.(Registry values: N10218) (NGC ID# 2FE9, PCGS# 7466)

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