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    1899-O Barber Quarter, MS67
    Tied With One Other for the Finest Certified

    1899-O 25C MS67 NGC. CAC. Splashes of orange-gold, navy-blue, and lavender-gray toning encompass each side, while the surface preservation is excellent. As is typical of this New Orleans issue, some of the more finely detailed design elements are not fully brought up; the most noticeable are the lower obverse stars, though the overall eye appeal is nonetheless excellent.

    Population Data (7/14): This piece is tied with one other (a PCGS coin) for the finest certified of this New Orleans issue, trailed by a paltry combined population of just eight coins in MS66.

    Heritage Commentary: The 1899-O is only marginally elusive in the lower Mint State grades, but cross over the Gem threshold and finding an example will prove exceedingly difficult; at the MS67 grade level, this date is nearly unobtainable.

    Consignor Commentary: The Feigenbaums, in their Complete Guide to Barber Coinage, make this issue's rarity just about average for the series, though in this grade it is quite the opposite. This piece, being heavily but not quite evenly toned with slightly subdued luster, causes me to rate it just average for the grade. There are a couple of interesting die breaks on the obverse. One is completely across the bottom of Liberty's neck. Another connects the point of Liberty's bust to star 13 and on below star 12 to the dentils.

    Provenance: Purchased from Larry Hanks (1/1999).(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 23YH, PCGS# 5623)

    Weight: 6.25 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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