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    1903-S Barber Quarter, Multicolor MS67
    Ex: Duckor Collection, Tied for Finest

    1903-S 25C MS67 PCGS. CAC. Certified in a PCGS green-label holder with the PCGS green approval sticker, this Superb Gem 1903-S Barber quarter is an old friend come around for another visit, the former Dr. Steven Duckor example which we offered in 2009. Rich gold visits the obverse with accents of cherry and pale moss, while the reverse shows pale ice-blue with a golden ring and reddish tinges at the border. Even through the moderate patina one perceives the excellent preservation and sharp strike, save solely for the eagle's right (facing) claw: a coin of marvelous quality.

    Population Data (4/15): PCGS now shows three examples in MS67, although there were only two when Gene Gardner wrote his commentary for this piece. It may be, however, that those three grading events represent only two separate coins at PCGS -- the Dr. Duckor-Gene Gardner coin here, and another multicolor Superb Gem that we offered in our August 2011 ANA-Chicago Platinum Night, lot 7116, which brought $28,750 and is now depicted on PCGS' CoinFacts website. Interestingly, an MS67 formerly at NGC has now been delisted, making the finest there two in MS66. That could be the third MS67 PCGS coin, although we lack hard evidence one way or the other.

    Heritage Commentary: At the Dr. Duckor offering the cataloger wrote, "Even among all the amazing quarters in the Duckor Collection, the cataloger especially likes this one for its beauty and originality." We need add nothing to that.

    Consignor Commentary: A gorgeous specimen with the reverse exploding in a medley of colors. Even under high magnification, there are no blemishes worth reporting. The strike is strong, as is the luster. A coin that is close to perfection. Bought from a Heritage auction where the cataloger felt this to be the finest known of the date and one of the finest coins in that [Duckor] collection.

    Provenance: Steven Duckor Collection / Los Angeles Signature (Heritage, 7/2009), lot 1099.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 23YX, PCGS# 5636)

    Weight: 6.25 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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