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    Remarkably Toned 1896 Barber Quarter, Proof 69 ★ Cameo NGC

    1896 25C PR69 ★ Cameo NGC. Although proof Barber Quarter Dollars are not rarities in any sense, examples of this Superb quality are very seldom encountered. In fact, this is currently the single finest ★ Cameo 1896 Quarter known to NGC who has also graded two Proof 69 Deep Cameos and a single Proof 69 (11/04). PCGS has never seen a specimen of this quality, their finest being a Proof 68. David Lawrence (The Complete Guide to Barber Quarters, Second Edition) ranks the comparative rarity as a proof 16th of 24 in mintage and 21st of 24 in certified population.
    Without doubt, this coin spent many years housed in an album that had sulphur content in the cardboard pages. Remarkable colors of cobalt-blue, magenta, and antique-gold circle the obverse leaving a brilliant center. The reverse also exhibits a bright center, this being framed with golden-lilac patina with gunmetal-blue accents. Even under the closest scrutiny of a loupe, this cataloger fails to notice any mentionable identifiers. It is almost like a mint employee carefully selected this coin from the remaining 761 proofs after they were all struck and placed it in storage for the past 98 years. We doubt if this coin will ever be surpassed in grade or technical quality.(#85682) (Registry values: N7079)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 242B, PCGS# 85682)

    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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