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    Rare Choice Uncirculated 1901-O Quarter With Doubled Die Reverse

    1901-O 25C MS64 PCGS. Doubled Die Reverse. David Lawrence (1994) considers the 1901-O to be the seventh rarest Barber quarter in Mint State. This borderline Gem is toned in deep golden shades on the obverse with cobalt-blue highlights around the rims and devices. The reverse is slightly lighter in appearance with freckled cobalt-blue and orange-russet shading that is largely confined to the lower periphery. The sharp strike is uncommon for the issue, as are the smooth, nearly distraction-free surfaces. A splendid coin whose originality and eye appeal adequately complement its technical superiority.
    The reverse of this coin displays prominent doubling on many of the letters in UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and QUARTER DOLLAR, several of the arrows, and the eagle's right (facing) wing. The MS66 example that sold as lot 1574 in Bowers & Merena's sale of the Eliasberg Collection also displayed doubling on many of the reverse devices, the mintmark included. In 1901, the Engraving Department in Philadelphia was still adding mintmarks to dies at the last minute before they were shipped to the requisite branch mint. Any doubling from the production of the die would not, therefore, be evident on the mintmark. As such, the Eliasberg coin displays mechanical doubling, but, the absence of doubling on the mintmark on the Church specimen demonstrates a legitimate Doubled Die Reverse. This coin may be the finest known 1901-O Doubled Die Reverse Quarter, and as such should command a bid in line with this status.(#5629) (Registry values: N2998) (NGC ID# 23YP, PCGS# 5629)

    Weight: 6.25 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

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