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    1821 Capped Bust Quarter, B-3, PR65
    Five Examples Traced, Only One of This Variety
    Ex: Norweb

    1821 25C PR65 NGC. B-3, R.7 as a proof. The 1821 Capped Bust quarter is very rare in proof format, but proof specimens are known from three different die pairs, classified as Browning 3, 4, and 5 in the leading series references. The present coin represents the B-3 variety, based on the following diagnostics:

    1. Star 7 points to the center of Liberty's headband at its front, while another point of star 7 aims at the lower half of a dentil.
    2. Star 13 points to the center of a dentil.
    3. Clash marks show below Liberty's ear from the shield stripes on the reverse, and in the right obverse field.
    4. On the reverse there are rust pits in the area between the leaf and the 2. and the 5 in the denomination is large in comparison to the 2.

    We have compiled a roster of the five 1821 proofs known to us below, with a few additional appearances that may or may not represent duplicate citations of the coins in the main roster. This coin is the only 1821 proof struck from the B-3 dies that we can trace today, although Walter Breen mentioned seeing another example in the 1950s. It traces its history to the fabled Norweb Collection, a mark of distinction for any coin. This piece offers splendid, untoned silver-white centers that blend into pink and then steel-blue and violet hues at the rims on each side. The design elements are sharply detailed throughout and the fields are deeply mirrored under the toning. Eye appeal is terrific. Census: 2 in 65, 1 finer (6/15).

    Roster of 1821 Proof Quarters
    Grades are per last auction appearance. Some coins may have been submitted (or resubmitted) to the grading services since then. Coins are listed in Browning variety order.

    1. PR65 NGC, B-3. Norweb Collection (Bowers and Merena, 3/1988), lot 1534; Auction '89 (Superior, 7/1989), lot 568; Rarities Sale (Bowers and Merena, 8/1996), lot 98; Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2009), lot 2330; Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 9/2010), lot 3913. The present coin.
    2. PR65 NGC, B-4. Seen by Walter Breen in the 1950s; Samuel W. Wolfson Collection (Stack's, 5/1963), lot 783; Reed Hawn; Hawn Collection (Stack's, 3/1977),lot 271; Paramount Rare Coin List 18-19 (1978); Auction '80 (Superior, 8/1980), lot 116; Bernard Turkus Collection (Superior, 6/1981), lot 513; Albert O. Woods Collection (Superior, 9/1986), lot 3434; Auction '90 (Superior, 8/1990), lot 1070; (Superior, 2/1999), lot 698, realized $48,875; Gene Gardner; Gardner Collection, Part II (Heritage, 10/2014), lot 98354, realized $94,000.
    3. PR67 PCGS, B-5. Thomas Cleneay Collection (S.H. & H. Chapman, 12/1890), lot 1332; John G. Mills; Mills Collection (S.H. & H. Chapman, 4/1904), lot 994; George Earle; Earle Collection (Henry Chapman, 6/1912), lot 3054; possibly John H. Clapp and the Clapp Estate; Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr.; Eliasberg Collection, Part II (Bowers and Merena, 4/1997), lot 1383, realized $121,000; Dr. Gene Sherman; purchased privately by D. Brent Pogue on March 6, 2001; Pogue Collection, Part I (Stack's Bowers, 5/2015), lot 1066, realized $235,000.
    4. PR65, uncertified, B-5. National Numismatic Collection, Smithsonian Institution.
    5. Brilliant Proof, uncertified, B-5. Ellis and Doris Robison; Robison Collection (Stack's, 2/1982), lot 1277; Auction '85 (Stack's, 7/1985), lot 1662; 64th Anniversary Sale (Stack's, 10/1999), lot 320.

    Additional Appearances
    Appearances are in chronological order.

    A. Proof, variety unknown. Exhibited by Howard Rounds Newcomb at the 1914 ANS Exhibition.
    B. Proof, B-4. F.C.C. Boyd; World's Greatest Collection, Part II (Numismatic Gallery, 3/1945), lot 78; Adolph Friedman; ANA Convention Auction (Numismatic Gallery, 8/1946), lot 424, unplated in either catalog, descriptions seem to indicate a later die state than number 2 above.
    C. Proof, B-3. A specimen in the possession of David M. Bullowa, shown to Walter Breen on March 18, 1952.
    Note: The coin in lot 1381 of the Eliasberg Collection, Part II (Bowers and Merena, 4/1997) was called a proof by Walter Breen, but the catalogers of the Eliasberg sale classified it MS63 Prooflike.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 27HA, PCGS# 5366)

    Weight: 6.74 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper

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