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    Finest Known 1896-O Barber Quarter, MS68

    1896-O 25C MS68 NGC. Years ago, the 1896-O quarter was considered one of the great key issues of the series, but since it has dropped from view somewhat, not because of any increased availability but rather from its absolute rarity in all Uncirculated grades. (In other words, it is "too rare" for most collectors.) David Lawrence has commented that the 1896-O is the first of the New Orleans Mint Barber quarters that is truly scarce in all grades.
    Only a few pieces (16) survive even at the MS65 level, and this remarkable specimen happens to be the single finest known (10/10). The strike is strong throughout and the mint luster is satiny with light, even golden toning. The only identifying marks are a pair of ticks on the upper portion of the cap and a tiny mark on the third stripe of the shield. The reverse shows just a bit of counterclockwise die rotation. While looking at the reverse, a prominent raised die lump is detected about two-thirds of the way down the upright of the first T in STATES, a distinguishing feature. Census: 1 in 68, 0 finer (10/10).
    Ex: 2005 FUN Sale (Heritage, 1/2005), lot 4113, where it brought $26,450.
    From The Joseph C. Thomas Collection, Part Two.(Registry values: N10218) (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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