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    1896-S Barber Quarter, Lustrous MS67
    Sole Finest Certified, First Offering in 15 Years

    1896-S 25C MS67 NGC. Powerful luster emanates from each side of this Superb Gem 1896-S Barber quarter, the sole example in this grade at either leading service. Complementing are an impeccable strike -- showing no areas of mentionable weakness -- and equal preservation on surfaces that alternate silver areas with pinkish-gold and grayish-olive toning.

    Population Data (7/14): This is the sole 1896-S quarter in MS67 at NGC, and none are finer. Only two examples are in MS66 at NGC. The finest at PCGS are two MS66.

    Consignor Commentary: The only coin graded at this level. The fields are mark-free, and there are no distractions of any sort. The coin is lustrous with mottled silver-gray toning. The finest known.

    Heritage Commentary: The 1896-S is sometimes seen as a distant cousin of the 1901-S and 1913-S key issues; in the lower circulated grades there is some partial truth to that view, as the 1896-S is far more available grade-for-grade than the 1901-S. (The 1913-S is a special case unto itself in circulated grades; very few midrange examples are available.) But in the upper reaches of Mint State where this coin dwells, the relationships are quite different. Both of the other issues are infrequently seen in MS67, but once in a while an example does show up. Not so the 1896-S. This piece is not only the sole certified Superb Gem 1896-S, but the present appearance thus makes the first time such a coin has appeared in a public auction since 1999. We certainly expect a new record price before the bidding activity ceases.

    Provenance: Bradley Bloch Collection (Goldberg, 9/1999), lot 1260.(Registry values: N10218) (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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    October, 2014
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