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    1903 Quarter, Underrated MS66
    Tied for Finest at Both Services
    Sole Finest at CAC

    1903 25C MS66 PCGS. CAC. This strongly struck Premium Gem boasts surfaces as smooth as the day it left the Mint. Swirls of blue-green, violet, and champagne-gold iridescence mingle over each side of this original P-mint example.

    Population Data (9/15): PCGS reports five Premium Gems (one in MS66+), while NGC shows four coins in the same grade. Neither firm has seen a finer representative. This is the sole finest CAC-approved example.

    Heritage Commentary: David Lawrence (1994) writes: "Comes with a decent strike and nice luster. Like the dime and half of this date, it is very hard to find in AU55 and above. With some of the lowest price indexes in the series, this date is greatly undervalued in all mint state grades."

    Consignor Commentary: Forget the 1896-S, the 1901-S, and the 1913-S, this issue may be the toughest to find in Gem in the set. PCGS and NGC combined have only graded nine coins in MS66 with none higher. The problem is compounded when hunting for beautifully toned Gems. In searching back through old catalogs I am struck by how many times the comment is made that this date is underrated. Many major collections are represented by MS65 examples (Hugon, Duckor), and I have seen no photos of MS66s whose toning might rival this piece. A gorgeous coin whose only flaw is a dark mark dropping across Liberty's jaw.

    Provenance: Dale Krueger Collection / Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 6/2000), lot 7293; purchased from Joseph O'Connor (10/2002).(Registry values: N2998) (NGC ID# 23YV, PCGS# 5634)

    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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