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    Among the Finest Certified 1893-S Barber Quarters, MS 67 PCGS

    1893-S 25C MS 67 PCGS. The 1893-S entered the annals of numismatic history as a low mintage issue. The San Francisco Mint delivered 1.4 million quarters this year, a limited mintage for the era, especially when one considers that the Philadelphia Mint coined 5.4 million pieces in 1893, and the New Orleans facility produced a further 3.3 million coins. Writing in 1994 (The Complete Guide to Barber Quarters), David Lawrence states that the 1893-S is difficult to locate in all grades, especially Fine-XF and throughout the Mint State spectrum. Those Uncirculated coins known to NGC and PCGS are concentrated in the MS 62-64 grade range, and only 11 pieces that grade finer than Choice BU are shown on current population reports (3/01).
    This extraordinary Superb Gem is tied for finest certified honors with another MS 67 PCGS example and a similarly graded NGC coin. Housed in an old PCGS holder, the surfaces are uncommonly clean even for the MS 67 grade level. Not a single noticeable abrasion disturbs the coruscant mint frost. A richly colored and lively assemblage of golden-blue and reddish-lavender toning has gathered in a more or less even fashion over both sides. As befits the issue, the devices are fully brought up--an uncommon occurrence for a branch mint issue in this series. A highlight of the present collection, and a significant bidding opportunity for the discerning Barber quarter specialist.
    From the Alex Highland Collection. (NGC ID# 23XY, PCGS# 5606)

    Weight: 6.25 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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