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    Colorful Gem 1901-S Quarter
    One of Eight at PCGS

    1901-S 25C MS65 PCGS. One of the great ironies of certified populations is that by raw numbers, key dates are often better-represented than more common issues. As an example, in the PCGS Population Report, the 1901 Philadelphia quarters (mintage of nearly 8.9 million pieces) have 299 certification events. The 1901-O issue (mintage of over 1.6 million pieces) has 139 slabbings listed. Yet there are 664 listings for the 1901-S, which is one of the three major San Francisco rarities in the Barber quarter series.
    The major difference between the 1901-P and -O issues and the 1901-S, of course, is that any 1901-S quarter is worth certifying, while the standards are much higher for the other issues. There are 405 Poor 1 through Good 4 coins in the 1901-S entry, for example, compared to 26 for the Philadelphia and eight for the New Orleans; the mints east of the Mississippi River have just a handful of "lowball" candidates in that grade range, while the 1-to-4 zone makes up the bulk of the 1901-S coins.
    The abundance of Good-or-less coins points to how heavily this issue with a five-figure mintage was used, and how exceptional any Mint State coin must be, much less a Gem such as the present example. Subtly cartwheeled silver luster glows beneath dappled partial toning, strong dabs of blue-green and more aura-like areas of gold-orange. The eagle's right (facing) talon shows softness, but this piece is well-defined elsewhere and has excellent eye appeal for the well-deserved Gem grade. Far rarer than its 1896-S and 1913-S counterparts, this 1901-S should spur much collector attention when it crosses the auction block.(Registry values: N10218) (NGC ID# 23YR, PCGS# 5630)

    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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    August, 2012
    2nd-5th Thursday-Sunday
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