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    Singular 1894 Quarter, PR68 Cameo

    1894 25C PR68 Cameo PCGS. In the combined certified population, this is the only PR68 specimen awarded the Cameo designation by either NGC or PCGS. Among proof 1894 quarters, only a small proportion show any measure of contrast, and most Cameo survivors are concentrated in grades from PR64 to PR66. A handful of pieces not given a contrast modifier have been graded PR68 as well, and four Ultra Cameo or Deep Cameo pieces, each a Gem or Premium Gem, appear in the Census Report and Population Report (11/07). Awareness of such examples only highlights the distinction of the present piece and elevates its importance on the roster of memorable proofs for the year.
    While few resources deal with Barber proofs specifically, an overview of a more heavily studied, contemporaneous series can shed light on Mint practices of the time. In his Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars, Q. David Bowers (2005) notes that proofs of that large issue typically exhibit "[g]ood cameo contrast." Said contrast, however, may not meet the strict criteria of the grading services, which assign a Cameo designation to just one out of every six or seven proof 1894 dollars in their censuses. For quarters, the proportions are similar.
    Whatever the reason, Cameo exemplars of the 1894 quarter are challenging, and the piece offered here is one of the most magnificent specimens known today. The decisively struck devices offer moderate frost, and the beautifully preserved fields are watery. A degree of peripheral toning, tan and champagne on the obverse with additional reddish-orange and sapphire on the reverse, visits each side. This delightful patina merely accentuates this coin's remarkable contrast and heightens its already considerable visual appeal. In sum, a marvelous representative.(Registry values: N4719)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2429, PCGS# 85680)

    Weight: 6.25 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

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

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    Auction Dates
    January, 2008
    9th-12th Wednesday-Saturday
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