Charming 1872 Washington Octagonal
1872 25C Washington Octagonal 25 Cents, BG-722, Low R.4, MS66
NGC. One of the more popular California fractionals. The wreath
on the reverse has no berries, identifying this variety. Breen and
Gillio (2003) speculate that Frontier & Bellemere, the issuers
of this piece, switched to a Washington head to avoid resembling
the U.S. gold dollars. Why they would decide to make that change
after minting Liberty Head coins for nearly two decades is unknown.
Impressive luster accents the sharply impressed design elements.
The pleasing apricot-gold surfaces have no detracting marks. (NGC ID# 2BN4, PCGS# 10549)
Quarter, BG-722, MS66
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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