1841 Seated Quarter, PR61
1841 25C PR61 PCGS. Briggs 4-B. The allure of the proof 1841
Seated quarter stems largely from the issue's sheer rarity. The
actual mintage was not recorded by the Mint, though it is doubtful
if the total was more than four or five coins. PCGS and NGC report
four grading events (11/14), although at least one of these is the
result of a resubmission. Only three or four pieces are known to
collectors, one of which is unattainably housed in the Smithsonian
Institution; a roster of known proofs is given below.
Remarkably Rare Early Proof Issue
One of Only Three or Four Known
This is believed to be the only use of this obverse die, which shows the date with a slight upward slant from left to right. The point of the shield is in line with the right edge of the upright of the first 1 in the date, which is centered between two denticles. On the reverse, several vertical shield lines extend far into the horizontal crossbars, and the top crossbar extends left into the eagle's wing. Slight die doubling is observed on the peripheral lettering, as is diagnostic of this reverse which was later used for business strike coinage.
Both sides of this coin showcase deeply mirrored fields behind razor-sharp design elements. Faintly dappled hues of olive-gray and pale ice-blue accent each side. Several light, scattered ticks and minor hairlines determine the grade, with a few serving well as pedigree markers: a tiny contact mark on Liberty's left (facing) elbow, a thin, vertical line centered below the 84 in the date, and a small linear mark between the second A in AMERICA and the uppermost arrowhead.
The proof status of this piece is undeniable, as is evidenced by the deep mirrors and unusually sharp devices. As one of only two or three pieces available to collectors, the importance of this offering cannot be overstated.
Roster of Known 1841 Proof Quarters
1. PR66 NGC. The present specimen. Sam Kabealo (1941); 1959 ANA Sale, lot 2480; New Netherlands (54th Sale, 4/1960), lot 1113; John Jay Pittman Collection (David Akers, 10/1997), lot 1302; The Phil Kaufman Collection of Early Seated Proof Sets, Part Two (Heritage, 1/2008), lot 3020; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2009), lot 3762; ANA Signature (Heritage, 7/2009), lot 1084.
2. PR61 PCGS. Superior (10/1990), lot 3531; Silbermünzen Collection (Heritage, 5/2008), lot 336; Bowers and Merena (11/2008), lot 2016; The present coin.
3. PR61 PCGS. Superior (6/1985), lot 757. Possibly the same as #2 above - catalog unavailable for comparison.
4. Proof. Smithsonian Institution.
From The Sweet Bloomfield Collection.(Registry values: P4) (NGC ID# 23W4, PCGS# 5535)
Weight: 6.68 grams
Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
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