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    1895-S Barber Quarter, MS68
    Tied for Finest Certified, Ex: Eliasberg

    1895-S 25C MS68 NGC. A magnificent MS68 Barber quarter with delightful prooflike surfaces that show no visible imperfections. The fields show a number of striations caused by the polishing of the dies before this coin was struck, resulting in the remarkable prooflike reflectivity. The design elements are sharply detailed, and the primary mintmark is repunched over a slightly smaller S. Hints of gray, blue, and gold toning add to the incredible eye appeal.

    Variety: DL-101 in the Complete Guide to Barber Quarters by David Lawrence; the mintmark is repunched to the west.

    Population Data (5/14): NGC has certified two examples in MS68 and none finer. PCGS' finest is a single MS67.

    Heritage Commentary: The 1895-S Barber quarter claims a mintage of more than 1.7 million pieces, but the issue is more difficult to locate than that would suggest. The 1895-S is definitely underrated in Mint State, and this incredible MS68 example is a "must-have" coin for Registry Set enthusiasts. This piece was once a highlight of the famous Eliasberg Collection, a mark of distinction for any coin.

    Consignor Commentary: The Eliasberg coin. Termed an inadvertent proof in that catalogue (but graded raw only MS65) it now finds itself in an MS68 NGC holder. Recently PCGS started to include classic sets in its Registry rankings, assigning grades to coins in collections sold before slabbing was prevalent. It has led to a lot of carping about unfair competition based on the uncertainty of grading from catalogues and memory (auctioneers appear not to have been bashful in grading opinions of raw coins, and standards do vary over time). This is one case where the auction house appears to have erred on the conservative side. Strong strike, as you might imagine from a coin termed a possible proof, and beautiful original toning combine to place this coin high in the Condition Census.

    Provenance: Purchased directly from the San Francisco Mint by John M. Clapp in November 1895; John H. Clapp, Clapp Estate, Louis Eliasberg, Sr. in 1942, via Stack's; Eliasberg Collection, Part II (Bowers and Merena, 4/1997), lot 1557; unknown intermediaries; Jason Carter; purchased by the current consignor in August 2004.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 23Y6, PCGS# 5612)

    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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    Auction Dates
    June, 2014
    23rd Monday
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