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    1903 Barber Quarter, Top-Grade MS66+
    Underrated and Beautifully Toned

    1903 25C MS66+ PCGS. Pastel champagne and pale ice-blue and champagne patina on the obverse competes for attention with gold and rose hues on the reverse of this nicely preserved MS66+ 1903 quarter. The design elements are sharply struck, including the upper-right shield corner and the eagle's claws, and ample luster is present. The eye appeal is excellent.

    Population Data (4/15): This MS66+ is the sole finest at PCGS, although four others are in MS66. NGC adds three others in MS66.

    Heritage Commentary: The 1903 Barber quarter boasts a generous mintage exceeding 9 million circulation strikes and the issue saw extensive circulation, as it is difficult to locate in the better AU grades and above.

    Consignor Commentary: Forget the 1896-S, the 1901-S, and the 1913-S, this coin may be the toughest to find in Gem or Premium Gem in the set. The problem is compounded when you are 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; later, purchased from Joseph O'Connor (10/2002).(Registry values: N2998) (NGC ID# 23YV, PCGS# 5634)

    Weight: 6.25 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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