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    1834 B-1 Quarter, MS65+ Prooflike
    O Over F in OF, CAC Endorsed

    1834 25C O Over F in OF, B-1, FS-901, R.1, MS65+ Prooflike PCGS. CAC. Tompkins Die State 1/1, struck from perfect dies without any die cracks and with A's in AMERICA unfilled. The first star is distant from the forward tip of the bustline, and star 7 is repunched. On the reverse, there is no period after 25 C diagnostic of the Browning-1 variety. This is the so-called O/F (in OF) reverse, one carried over from the 1833 B-2 die pairing. The Tompkins reference identifies this die as produced from a "unique master hub, Reverse-F," the only one that shows two-line stripes in the reverse shield and an eagle with no tongue. The Guide Book lists the O/F variety, as does Cherrypickers', adding to the B-1 popularity among specialists.

    Clearly the present coin is an early strike off of new working dies, earning it the Prooflike designation from PCGS. It would be no surprise if at one time or another, this coin was called a proof -- it is that sharp. The surfaces are highly reflective on both sides, with much contrast between the devices and the mirrored fields. There is little discernible color -- just a brief speckling of cloudy-gray patina, with a trace of light die rust above the eagle's head. Seemingly, the coin is only a few small contact marks away from an even finer grade. For the 1834 date this piece is the sole 1834 Prooflike certified (1/20). This piece is also, in MS65+ Prooflike, easily within the Condition Census for the B-1 variety. A wonderful and historic coin from the early days of the Mint, suited for the finest type or variety set. (NGC ID# 23RZ, Variety PCGS# 38992, Base PCGS# 5353)

    Weight: 6.74 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper

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

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    20th-23rd Thursday-Sunday
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