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    Important 1909-O Quarter, MS66 PCGS, Ex: Eliasberg

    1909-O 25C MS66 PCGS. Ex: Eliasberg Collection. The 1909-O is quite scarce in all grades, even in XF and AU. In the latter grade, this is one of the hardest in the series to locate, per David Lawrence's book. In a letter cited in the April, 1997 Louis E. Eliasberg Sr. Collection catalog by Bowers and Merena, Lawrence further states, "The 1909-O is the scarcest of all the New Orleans Mint Barber quarters in most grades, especially if with a decent strike. It is on the want list of just about everyone who wants to build a Mint State set." This piece is important as the last year of New Orleans mint coinage. The presses were stopped in this year, never to resume production in that city. Many coins, primarily of the Silver Dollar denomination, continued to be stored at the New Orleans mint until 1929, when they were moved to a vault in Philadelphia. Meanwhile, O-mint Quarters were paid out in the channels of commerce as they were minted, did not accumulate, and were not often saved by numismatists. Survival of 1909-O Quarters, or other New Orleans minted Quarters is more a matter of chance than intent.
    A cut appears in the lower part of the olive branch on Liberty's head, across her ear to her cheek. This is the single factor limiting the grade from a Superb designation. The mark is all but obscured by the natural toning that has accumulated over many years of careful storage. A blend of gray, gold, brick-red, and blue-green enhances the underlying, satiny surfaces. An especially well struck example and virtually unsurpassable in grade. Population by both services combined: four in MS66, just one is finer at NGC (11/04).(#5655) (Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 23ZJ, PCGS# 5655)

    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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