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    Probably the Finest Known 1900-O Barber Quarter, Ex: Eliasberg

    1900-O 25C MS 68 NGC. Ex: Eliasberg. With our offering of the Dale Krueger Collection of Barber Quarters in our June 2000 Long Beach Sale, we were confident that the NGC MS 66 1900-O example that occupied lot 7285 represented the pinnacle in technical and aesthetic quality for this conditionally challenging O-mint issue. That was until we were given the pleasure of highlighting the present Superb Gem. For all intents and purposes, an MS 68 1900-O quarter is a coin that should not exist. Heavy circulation and the lack of an active collecting community in turn-of-the-century New Orleans meant that most examples of this issue disappeared quietly into the avenues of commerce. Most except for the single specimen that J. M. Clapp acquired directly from the New Orleans Mint at the time of production. Passing to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. in 1942, the coin has retained the same abrasion-free, lustrous surfaces that undoubtedly greeted Clapp on that important day in 1900. The piece has since acquired a beautiful toning scheme with lavender-gray shades in ascendance. Brighter orange-gold and blue-green iridescence is intermingled throughout and the strike is uncommonly bold for the southern branch mint. This coin was cataloged by Bowers & Merena (4/97) as: "Virtual Perfection! Possibly the Finest Known." Needless to say, we wholeheartedly agree with this assessment. Population: 1 in 68, 0 finer (5/00).
    Ex: Purchased by J. M. Clapp directly from the New Orleans Mint (1900); John H. Clapp; Clapp Estate; Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. (1942); Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection (Bowers & Merena, 4/97), lot 1571, where it realized $14,300. (NGC ID# 23YL, PCGS# 5626)

    Weight: 6.25 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

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    August, 2000
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