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    1897-O Quarter, MS66+
    The Exquisite Eliasberg/Gardner Coin

    1897-O 25C MS66+ PCGS. CAC. Ex: Eliasberg. This piece was graded MS67 in the Eliasberg catalog, and we are unsure why it has not retained that grade today. At the end of the 19th century, and into the early years of the 20th century, collector J.M. Clapp purchased many of his coins directly from the various mints in the year of issue. Clapp ordered coins directly from the New Orleans Mint each year from 1894 through 1905. This Premium Gem Barber quarter is one of those coins. Mint officials must have taken care to select the best quality coins in reply to his continuing orders. This example is virtually flawless, featuring an exceptional strike. Frosty, glowing surfaces are largely devoid of abrasions on each side of this high-end Premium Gem 1897-O quarter, while lovely original toning paints the centers in warm sun-gold hues and the peripheries in deeper aqua-blue and violet. Population: 25 in 66 (13 in 66+), 2 finer. CAC: 5 in 66, 1 finer (6/18).
    Ex: New Orleans Mint (11/1897); J.M. Clapp; Clapp Estate (1942); Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr.; Eliasberg Estate (Bowers and Merena, 4/1997), lot 1562; Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part IV (Heritage, 10/2015), lot 98562, where it brought $20,562.50.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 23YB, PCGS# 5617)

    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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