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1872 Quarter Eagle in Copper
1872 $2 1/2 Quarter Eagle, Judd-1233, Pollock-1375, R.8, PR64
Brown PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The regular-issue quarter eagle dies.
Struck in copper with a reeded edge. USPatterns.com writes that
fewer than four examples of Judd-1233 are confirmed. Two are
certified PR64 Brown at PCGS, and there is another PR64 Brown
grading event at NGC (4/20). One example surfaced in the King
Farouk Collection in 1954. Another appearance occurred in Bowers
and Ruddy's Fairfield Collection sale (10/1977), lot 110. The
Fairfield coin reappeared for sale in Bowers and Ruddy's Rare
Coin Review, No. 33 (4/1979). It may be that the Farouk coin
and the Fairfield coin are one and the same. It may also be that
this Choice proof is the Farouk piece. But upon examining the
Fairfield plates, this coin does not appear to match the one
offered in those two late-1970s sales. Steve Ivy Rare Coin Co.
offered what was described as a Gem proof Judd-1233 in the January
1976 fixed price listing, which does not appear to match either the
Fairfield coin or this one. However, making any sort of definitive
determination is impossible based on the quality of the plates.
What we can say with absolute certainty is that any example of the
Judd-1233 1872 quarter eagle in copper is a major rarity. Probably
only two or three exist. This deep brown representative retains
flashes of original mint red color in the hidden areas. A
microscopic tick above the dentils at star 4 is the only pedigree
Judd-1233, PR64 Brown
Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 61505)
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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