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    1903-O Barber Quarter, Sole Certified MS67
    Ex: Clapp, Eliasberg
    Conditionally Rarest Issue Except for 1896-S

    1903-O 25C MS67 PCGS. CAC. Ex: Eliasberg. Intermingled tones of light gold, orange, sea-green, and dove-gray appear. There are no mentionable distractions or spots on either side. One has to look closely with a loupe to discern even the smallest abrasion, and only one is seen near the midpoint on Liberty's neck. Certified in a green-label holder with green CAC approval sticker and the Eliasberg pedigree.

    Population Data (4/15): This MS67 is the sole finest at PCGS, backed up by six MS66. NGC shows only a single MS66.

    Heritage Commentary: The 1903-O is an important date, especially in Gem and higher grades. David Lawrence in his series reference ranks the 1903-O and the 1896-S as the most difficult issues to find in Gem or finer grades. Even in lower grades, he wrote of the 1903-O, "It is the most undervalued coin in the set in MS-63."

    Consignor Commentary: The Eliasberg coin, bought directly from the mint by J.M. Clapp in 1903. Even under high magnification, one searches in vain for any imperfections in the surfaces. The toning is natural with many highlights of varied colors. Considered to be (next to the 1896-S) the most difficult date to find in Gem.

    Provenance: Purchased by John M. Clapp directly from the New Orleans Mint (10/1903); Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. (1942); Eliasberg Collection (Bowers and Merena, 4/1997), lot 1580; Hugon Collection / FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2005), lot 4134.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 23YW, PCGS# 5635)

    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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