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    1896-O Barber Quarter, MS67
    Tied With One Other for Finest Certified

    1896-O 25C MS67 NGC. This Superb Gem is a memorable coin that represents one of the classic key dates in the Barber quarter series. Nearly every design feature is boldly rendered, including the star radials, Liberty's hair strands, and the eagle's feathers; only the arrow feathers near the eagle's claw show slight weakness. The central regions display creamy luster, complementing peripheral hues of gold, magenta, and electric-blue around the obverse and a narrower ring of the same color palette on the reverse. An impressively preserved example.

    Population Data (7/14): This remarkable Superb Gem is tied with one other (a PCGS coin) for the finest certified of the issue, and is trailed in MS66 by only eight coins.

    Heritage Commentary: The 1896-O quarter, with a mintage of little more than 4.4 million pieces, is available in the lower circulated grades but becomes very scarce in the Fine and above levels of preservation. In fact, David Lawrence, in The Complete Guide to Barber Quarters, second edition, gives the date an R.6 rarity rating in Mint State.

    While most collectors, novice and advanced, recognize the 1896-S as an important rarity in the series, its New Orleans Mint cousin is every bit as elusive in top condition, especially with a sharp strike.

    Consignor Commentary: Strong luster over vivid toning puts this beautiful coin at the top of the Condition Census. The intense luster makes the eye appeal wonderful, especially for a New Orleans coin, and the surfaces admit to no imperfections.

    Provenance: ANA Signature (Heritage, 8/2007), lot 1658; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2009), lot 3781; Baltimore Auction (Bowers and Merena, 11/2009), lot 743.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 23Y8, PCGS# 5614)

    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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