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    1837 B-4 Quarter, Important MS65
    Finest Known of the Variety

    1837 25C B-4, R.3, MS65 PCGS. CAC. The Coinage Act of 1837 changed the mandated alloy ratio to 90% silver, 10% copper, resulting in a nominal reduction in the weight of quarters. While half dimes and dimes transitioned to the Seated design, Capped Bust quarters continued to be minted in both 1837 and 1838, but in reduced quantities from the higher mintages in 1835 and 1836. The official 1837 mintage was 252,400 pieces, although some numismatists believe part of the 1838 mintage consisted of 1837-dated coins. (A total of six die pairs produced the 1837 coins, while only a single die marriage is known for the larger-mintage 1838 issue.)

    This outstanding Gem 1837 example of the scarce Browning-4 variety was heretofore unknown in any of the Condition Census rosters. Both the Tompkins and Rea-Koenings-Haroutunian Census top out at the MS64 level, and Heritage has never sold a B-4 example finer than MS64. The coin has been long-absent from the market, still housed in a first generation PCGS holder. Lilac and rose-gray toning merges with pale-blue and reddish-gold highlights for delightful eye appeal. The strike is strong for the issue, with only slight blending on a few obverse star centers. A few tiny marks exist beneath the toning, but none are distracting in the least.
    From The Dr. John Young Collection. (NGC ID# 23S4, Variety PCGS# 39013, Base PCGS# 5356)

    Weight: 6.68 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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

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