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    1895-O Barber Quarter, MS68
    Sole Finest Certified Example

    1895-O 25C MS68 PCGS. CAC. The impeccably preserved surfaces of this magnificent Barber quarter are spectacularly toned in vivid shades of greenish-gold, lavender-gray, lilac, and turquoise. Vibrant mint luster shines through the toning, and some prooflike reflectivity is evident on the reverse. The design elements display razor-sharp definition throughout and raised square edges. Splendid eye appeal.

    Variety: DL-204. The mintmark is upright and positioned far to the right over the D in DOLLAR, one of the four positions David Lawrence identifies in the Complete Guide to Barber Quarters.

    Population Data (5/14): This coin is the sole finest certified example at either leading grading service. There is no serious competitor.

    Heritage Commentary: The 1895-O Barber quarter claims a mintage of more than 2.8 million pieces, but contemporary collectors saved few examples. High-grade survivors are surprisingly elusive in today's market. As the finest known example, this incomparable MS68 specimen is a "must have" coin for the finest Registry Set.

    Consignor Commentary: Alone atop the condition charts, this coin is noted in Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins. In the May Auction (Superior, 5/1991), Breen commented that this is the finest known US quarter regardless of date. Needless to say a numismatic treasure.

    Provenance: Howard Rounds Newcomb, exhibited at the 1914 ANS Exhibition; unknown intermediaries; Gilhousen Collection (Superior, 10/1973), lot 751; Cambridge Sale (New England Rare Coin Auctions, 12/1976), lot 718; Martin Haber; Mark Salzberg; Michael Keith Ruben in 1988; unknown intermediaries; May Auction (Superior, 5/1991), lot 872; ANA Convention Signature (Heritage, 8/1996), lot 7112; private collection; Leonard J. Torok, M.D. Collection (Bowers and Merena, 9/1998), lot 2057; the present consignor.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 23Y5, PCGS# 5611)

    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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