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Outstanding 1854 Arrows Quarter, PR66
The Eliasberg-Kaufman Specimen

1854 25C Arrows PR66 NGC. Ex: P. Kaufman. Briggs 6-F. Pedigreed to the Eliasberg collection, this Premium Gem is likely one of the finest known. Dave Bowers wrote that the Eliasberg coin "stands in the front rank of this elite group." Today it is tied with one other coin for the finest proof certified by NGC.
Walter Breen mentions four 1854 proof quarters in his Proof Coins reference, with the comment that this variety is "about as rare as the dime." He is apparently implying that about 10 examples are known. The actual number of survivors is probably about 15 pieces, the quantity estimated by Dave Akers in the May 1998 Pittman catalog.
Positioned high in the exergue, the date and arrows are separated from the device and border, and the shield tip is over the left curves of the 8. The lower edge of the left arrow is doubled near its tip. The lowest crossbar of the reverse shield extends left through the shield border, into the wing. Faint vertical striations are visible above QU and the reverse arrows. These die characteristics are identical to Breen's description in his Proof Encyclopedia. Incorrectly identified as "Briggs Reverse A" in the Eliasberg catalog, although the descriptions of Reverse A and Reverse F in the Briggs reference are quite similar.
Every individual element of the design is full and sharp. Liberty's head and drapery, along with each of the 13 stars have bold definition. Feather and claw details are intricately defined. Strong cameo contrast is created by deep mirrored fields and highly lustrous devices, subdued by the lovely magenta, blue, and gold toning. All aspects of this Premium Gem are beautiful and appealing. Census: 2 in 66, 0 finer (10/08).
Ex: John G. Mills (S.H. and H. Chapman, 4/1904); J.M. Clapp; John H. Clapp; Clapp Estate via Stack's (1942); Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. (Bowers and Merena, 4/1997), lot 1456; The Phil Kaufman Collection of Early Proof Sets, Part One (Heritage, 8/2007), lot 1790.
From The Scott Rudolph Collection.

See: Video Lot Description(Registry values: P4) (NGC ID# 23WV, PCGS# 5550)


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