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1927-S 25C MS64 Full Head PCGS. Fewer than 1% of the ...

2004 January Long Beach Signature Sale #342

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Location: Long Beach, CA
Extremely Rare Full Head MS64 1927-S Standing Liberty Quarter
1927-S 25C MS64 Full Head PCGS. Fewer than 1% of the mintage of this rare issue are known with full head definition. It is far rarer as such than any other Standing Liberty quarter, except for the 1918-S overdate. Just over a dozen pieces appear to exist today in what PCGS or NGC would grade MS64 Full Head or better. And it must always be remembered that this issue is not found with the same strength of strike over Liberty's ear, as say, a 1927-P. There is always just a slight bit of softness in that area, even on the strongest 1927-S quarters. Of less interest, but equally important in determining the authenticity of a high grade 1927-S, the breast feathers on the eagle are consistently weak also, even when the outer wing definition is strong. We mention these two areas of weakness not to disparage the issue by any means, but rather to make viewers aware of the striking characteristics of this issue, as mintmarks have been added to 1927-P coins (which have different striking characteristics, as mentioned) and even cast counterfeits are known. That, of course, is not a concern to anyone contemplating the purchase of this coin as it has been authenticated by PCGS.
This is a lovely coin that has smooth mint frost that is accented by a medium density overlay of reddish-golden patina on the obverse, and slightly lighter coloration on the reverse. The reverse die was lightly striated and appears to have been die clashed also. The only marks we see are a couple of tiny abrasions on Liberty's right (facing) leg, but a strong magnifier will be necessary to find them, and they are probably not noticeable enough to be used as pedigree identifiers.
An outstanding example of this important strike rarity and absolute rarity in the Standing Liberty quarter series. Population: 10 in 64, 3 finer (10/03).(#5765) (Registry values: P4, N46000) (NGC ID# 243W, PCGS# 5765)

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