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    Superb Gem 1903-S Barber Quarter
    Spectacular Toning, Incredible Eye Appeal
    Tied for Finest Certified

    1903-S 25C MS67 PCGS. CAC. The 1903-S Barber quarter boasts a low mintage of just over 1 million pieces, and this example is one of the finest known specimens of the date. A diligent search of auction records reveals this is only the second time a 1903-S in Superb Gem condition has been offered at auction since we began our auction archives in the early 1990s. In the only other appearance, the fantastic MS67 PCGS Duckor specimen realized $37,375 in lot 486 of our Los Angeles Signature (Heritage, 7/2009). PCGS has certified only three Superb Gem coins with none finer, while NGC has graded no coin finer than MS66 (5/11).
    The 1903-S "comes very nice" according to David Lawrence, and this coin certainly confirms that observation. A number of collectors may have noticed the small mintage and saved high-quality specimens at the time of issue. We know, for example, that John M. Clapp purchased his coin directly from the San Francisco Mint in October 1903. The practice of collecting branch mint issues was just blossoming at the time, and this action by contemporary numismatists probably accounts for the supply of high-grade coins today.
    The present coin is a magnificent Superb Gem with incredible eye appeal. The outstanding visual feature of this specimen is the spectacular iridescent toning. Shades of gold, heather, violet, and silver-gray intermingle to produce a fascinating play of colors when the coin is tilted in the light. Vibrant mint luster shines through the patina. The design elements are sharply detailed, except for some softness on the right (facing) eagle's claw. This coin should find a home in the finest Registry Set of Barber quarters, as it may be years before an equivalent example becomes available.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 23YX, PCGS# 5636)

    Weight: 6.25 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    August, 2011
    11th-14th Thursday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 9
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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