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    1914 Quarter Eagle, PR68
    Tied Atop the Condition Census
    A Major Matte Proof Rarity

    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 appeal.

    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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    December
    18th Friday
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