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    1893-O Barber Quarter, MS68
    The Sole Finest Certified
    Ex: Eliasberg

    1893-O 25C MS68 NGC. CAC. Ex: Eliasberg. Likely struck from a fresh die pair, as evidenced by ample prooflike mirroring in the fields, this almost perfectly preserved specimen displays rich multicolor hues of lemon-gold, sea-green, and amber-red over each side. As is typical of New Orleans issues of the period, the strike is slightly soft on some of the finer details, most notably a few obverse stars, though this characteristic is only noticed upon magnified examination.

    Population Data (7/14): This beautiful Superb Gem is the single finest certified 1893-O quarter, trailed in MS67 by only five other coins.

    Heritage Commentary: The 1893-O can be located in Mint State condition with patience, but any coin grading finer than MS65 will prove to be a rare find.

    Consignor Commentary: A flawless example of a difficult date from the Eliasberg Collection. A jewel of a coin with the fire and flash of a diamond. The cataloger of the Eliasberg Collection felt that this coin had elements of a branch mint proof. The fields are reflective, but to me the strike is not quite sharp enough, especially on the reverse, where the eagle's claws are too flat to really qualify. Still, this figures to have been some sort of specially struck presentation piece.

    Provenance: Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection (Bowers and Merena, 4/1997), lot 1550; Rarities Sale (Bowers and Merena, 8/2001), lot 165.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 23XX, PCGS# 5605)

    Weight: 6.25 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

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