1914 $2 1/2 PR68 NGC. JD-1, Low R.5. Only 117 proo...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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1914 Quarter Eagle, PR68
1914 $2 1/2 PR68 NGC. JD-1, Low R.5. Only 117 proof quarter
eagles were struck in 1914, and it is estimated that only 70 to 80
pieces survive. John Dannreuther notes that the 1914 matte proof
typically displays a slightly darker finish than earlier matte
proofs due to a slightly coarser sand used in the sandblast
process. However, as in the case of this piece, the nature of the
finish produces a brighter appearance when tilted beneath a light,
and the textured surfaces are quite appealing when found well
preserved. The Simpson coin is not only well preserved, it is one
of the finest pieces known. NGC lists only three other examples in
PR68 and none finer, while PCGS has not recorded a single example
this fine. Detail is sharp throughout, and the virtually flawless
surfaces yield rich olive-gold coloration and luminous eye
Tied Atop the Condition Census
A Major Matte Proof Rarity
Superb Gem 1914 proof quarter eagles have brought exceptional prices in recent high-profile auctions, including a PR67 NGC specimen in our 2020 FUN Signature that realized $36,000, and a PR67+ PCGS CAC example in our 2019 Central States Signature that realized $138,000. The only PR68 coin to have ever appeared at auction was an example in Goldberg's February 2005 Pre-Long Beach sale -- an offering so long ago that it hardly serves as a comparable for the Simpson coin offered here. This piece represents Registry collectors' best opportunity to acquire one of the finest-known 1914 proof quarter eagles. Census: 4 in 68, 0 finer (6/20).
Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 289N, PCGS# 7963)
Weight: 4.18 grams
Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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