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1856 25C PR67 Cameo NGC. Briggs 10-H....

2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago #1184

 
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Auction Ended On: Apr 25, 2013
Item Activity: 5 Internet/mail/phone bidders
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Location: Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel
1551 North Thoreau Drive
Schaumburg, IL 60173

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1856 Briggs 10-H Quarter, PR67 Cameo
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1856 25C PR67 Cameo NGC. Briggs 10-H. Ex: P. Kaufman. Perhaps as many as 100 proof quarters were minted in 1856, with this total combining the distribution of sets and a few individual examples of the denomination. Past estimates suggest the number of survivors falls in the range of 25 to 30 coins, while NGC and PCGS have certified 55 proofs, including nine Cameo pieces. Several of those specimens are undoubtedly resubmissions.

Upright 5 in the date as always for the 1856 quarters. The date is high and slightly closer to the base of Liberty, about centered horizontally with the shield point midway between the 1 and 8. Faint die lines are evident in the date area, extending up from the border, with others elsewhere in the obverse fields. The first five stars show faint recutting and the lower edge of the skirt line is minutely doubled. All known 1856 proof quarters have a peculiar and characteristic reverse die bulge extending entirely through the wing from AM of AMERICA, to the arrows and OL of DOL. Heavy die polish lines are located below the eagle.

This is an amazing Cameo proof with full brilliance on both sides. An exacting strike leaves complete delineation on the design features, even on the minute details. Impeccably preserved surfaces reveal just a couple of faint ticks left of the rock, and a couple of more to the right of the eagle's neck. These are mentioned solely for pedigree purposes. Census: 1 in 67 Cameo, 1 finer (3/13).
Ex: The Phil Kaufman Collection of Early Proof Sets, Part One (Heritage, 8, 2007), lot 1795; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2009), lot 3769.
From The Greensboro Collection, Part III.(Registry values: P2) (PCGS# 85552)

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