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    Stunning 1896-S Gem Quarter

    1896-S 25C MS65 NGC. Two obverse and two reverse die are recognized for the 1896-S quarter, and all can occur with one another. The present offering is from Obverse Die #1, with the 1 in the date almost perfectly centered over a denticle and the 8 centered over the left edge of a denticle. This die is also clashed, resulting in distinct striations in Liberty's ear from the horizontal shield lines on the reverse. The reverse is Die #1 with the mintmark centered between QUARTE(R) and (D)OLLAR and higher that Reverse #2.
    The 1896-S was released into circulation at a time of limited collecting, and a number of the issue may have been destroyed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. These factors may be among those that account for the paucity of examples in Mint State grades. Indeed, the modal grade distribution is in the Good 4 to Good 6 range with a secondary mode in VG8 to Fine 12. NGC and PCGS combined have certified fewer than 60 Uncirculated specimens, primarily MS62 to MS64. Gem and better coins account for fewer than 20 examples. Some of these likely represent resubmissions or crossovers.
    Dazzling luster emanates from the silver-white surfaces of the current MS65 coin. A powerful strike delivers sharp definition to the design motifs, including the obverse star centers, the shield corners, and the arrow feathers and adjacent claw. This is significant especially for the last two sets of reverse elements, as they sometimes come softly struck. This handsomely preserved piece reveals just a couple of light marks to the lower right of the ear and another on the lower neck beneath the ear. These are completely inoffensive, and mentioned only as pedigree markers for the coin's identification. Census: 7 in 65, 2 finer (3/10).(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 23Y9, PCGS# 5615)

    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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