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    1896 Barber Quarter, MS67
    Tied for Finest Certified

    1896 25C MS67 PCGS. CAC. Lively mint-green color dominates both sides, but fuchsia and cobalt-blue shades are also in evidence around the peripheries. Frosty luster rolls briskly around the sharply struck features, and the surfaces are void of any mentionable flaws.

    Population Data (7/14): Like so many others in the Gardner Collection, this Superb Gem is tied for the finest certified of the issue; PCGS has seen only five in this grade, and NGC three.

    Heritage Commentary: With a mintage of 3.8 million pieces, the 1896 seems like a typical P-mint Barber quarter from the 1890s -- a plentiful date in circulated grades, yet scarce in Mint State. While this may be true of the issue as a whole, pieces breaking the MS66 grade barrier are undeniably rare, arguably in a class by themselves.

    Consignor Commentary: Why this incredible coin is not in an MS69 holder I will never know. Magnificent color, booming luster, a full strike, and velvety unmarked fields combine to bring this coin close to perfection. Undoubtedly one of the finest of its date, it may also be the finest in this collection, even finer than all 14 MS68 Barber quarters (mainly Eliasberg pieces) that form part of the collection. It just doesn't get any better than this.

    Provenance: FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2005), lot 4112; Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2009), lot 457.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 23Y7, PCGS# 5613)

    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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