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    1911-S Barber Quarter, MS68
    The Sole Finest Certified
    Ex: Eliasberg

    1911-S 25C MS68 NGC. Ex: Eliasberg. This coin is truly exceptional in every respect; the abrasion-free surfaces are the epitome of perfection for the Barber quarter series, and although they are evenly toned in apricot-gray shades with powder-blue rim accents, both sides are alive with frosty luster. Neither the hair curls, the feathers, nor the talons display striking softness, and the balance of the features are equally well-impressed. A noticeable clash mark appears on Liberty's neck below the ear.

    Population Data (7/14): This is the sole finest certified 1911-S quarter (trailed only by a handful of MS67 examples) and, even taking into account the existence of uncertified examples, we feel confident that this coin is probably the finest known of the date.

    Heritage Commentary: Despite a mintage of just less than 1 million coins, the 1911-S boasts a rather significant number of survivors encapsulated at the MS65 and MS66 grade levels. Any coin worthy of a Superb Gem grade assessment, however, is nothing short of a rarity.

    Consignor Commentary: A wonderful coin from the Eliasberg Collection. The toning is attractive and even throughout, and the fields are smooth and undisturbed. Interesting light, wispy, silvery toning lines across Liberty's head highlight the obverse, while the reverse is well-struck and picture-perfect. To paraphrase the August 2000 Heritage catalog from which I acquired this piece, the coin is "unsurpassable," "dazzling," and "simply amazing in all regards." Not given to hype, those words would be difficult for me to use (but in a way I just did).

    Provenance: Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection (Bowers & Merena, 4/1997), lot 1606; Philadelphia Signature (Heritage, 8/2000), lot 5857.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 23ZR, PCGS# 5661)

    Weight: 6.25 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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