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    1895 Quarter Eagle, PR69 Ultra Cameo
    Single-Finest Certified Example
    119 Examples Struck

    1895 $2 1/2 PR69 Ultra Cameo NGC. JD-1, High R.4. The mintage of proof Liberty quarter eagles declined slightly in 1895, to just 119 pieces, the lowest production total of the series after 1893. The coins were delivered in quarterly batches of 35, 9, 21, and 54 pieces and a single die pair was used to strike all the proofs. The obverse die used on the proofs shows the 1 in the date placed slightly lower than on the business-strike die, with the logotype taking a small "bite" out of the dentils below. There are also a few die lumps on Liberty's forehead on the proof die, and the reverse exhibits heavy swirling die polish in the clear stripes of the shield, making it possible to differentiate between proofs and prooflike circulation strikes. The 1895 proofs were produced to a high standard of quality and many examples are seen with Cameo or Deep Cameo surfaces. John Dannreuther estimates the surviving population at 60-70 examples in all grades. Only 6,000 business strikes were struck, and high-grade specimens are elusive. The high-quality of the proofs and their late 19th century date have always made them popular with type and date collectors, alike.

    The present coin is the single-finest certified example at either of the leading grading services (9/20). This incredible PR69 example exhibits razor-sharp definition on all design elements and the deeply mirrored fields contrast profoundly with the richly frosted devices to create an intense cameo effect. The virtually perfect yellow-gold surfaces show the orange-peel texture of the best 19th century proofs and the overall eye appeal is terrific. This coin should find a home in the finest collection or Registry Set.(Registry values: P2)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 288J, PCGS# 97921)

    Weight: 4.18 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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