1843 Seated Liberty Quarter, PR64
    Seven Examples Traced
    Only One Certified Finer

    1843 25C PR64 NGC. Briggs 4-E. The central design elements of this spectacular Choice proof are sharply detailed, but the stars on the left are a little flat. The rims are square and the edges flat. Vivid shades of golden-brown, lavender, and blue toning blanket the well-preserved surfaces, and the fields are deeply reflective throughout. Top-notch eye appeal prevails throughout.

    Variety: Briggs 4-E, with the fourth and sixth vertical lines in the shield on the reverse extending into the horizontals and some diagonal die lines from the right edge of the shield to Liberty's leg on the obverse.

    Population Data (4/15): NGC reports four coins in proof format, with this PR64 example tied with one other for finest. PCGS also reports four specimens, including two PR64 and one PR65 finer.

    Heritage Commentary: All pre-1858 proofs are rare, but the 1843 proof quarters are especially elusive. PCGS CoinFacts estimates six to eight examples survive in all grades. Our roster accounts for seven distinct specimens, including one impaired example and another in the Smithsonian Institution. The present coin combines high technical quality, intense eye appeal, and absolute rarity in one extremely attractive package. It has been off the market for 16 years and it may be just as long before a comparable specimen becomes available, once this lot is sold.

    Roster of 1843 Proof Quarters
    1. PR65 PCGS (formerly PR66 NGC). ANA Convention Auction (Numismatic Gallery, 8/1946), lot 442 (unplated); John Jay Pittman Collection (David Akers, 5/1998), lot 1309; ANA Signature (Heritage, 7/2008), lot 1808, where it realized $74,750; Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2013), lot 4218; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2015), lot 4098.
    2. PR64 NGC. Dr. Christian A. Allenburger Collection (B. Max Mehl, 3/1948), lot 1015; Floyd T. Starr Collection (Stack's, 10/1992), lot 403; Rarities Sale (Bowers and Merena, 8/1998), lot 155. The present coin.
    3. PR64 PCGS. Thomas L. Smith Estate (Stack's, 6/1957), lot 529; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2009), lot 3763; ANA Signature (Heritage, 8/2009), lot 1085; Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2014), lot 5581.
    4. PR64 NGC. Judge Joseph F. Sawicki (5/1948); John Jay Pittman Collection (David Akers, 10/1997), lot 832 (part of an 1843 proof set); Denver Signature (Heritage, 8/2006), lot 5187; Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2009), lot 2351.
    5. Brilliant Proof. Possibly President John Tyler in 1843; unknown intermediaries; purchased privately by Richard B. Winsor circa 1880; Richard B. Winsor Collection (Chapman Brothers, 12/1895), lot 1067; Fernand David Collection (J. Schulman, 3/1930), lot 112; Stoddard Collection; "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Will W. Neil Collection (B. Max Mehl 6/1947), lot 2292; Amon G. Carter, Jr. Family Collection (Stack's, 1/1984), lot 630 (part of an 1843 proof set).
    6. PR53 NGC. Baltimore Auction (Stack's Bowers, 3/2012), lot 3022.
    7. Proof. Smithsonian Institution.

    Additional Appearances
    A. Proof. Matthew Stickney Collection (S.H. & H. Chapman, 6/1907), lot 1787, part of a silver and minor proof set.
    B. Proof. Davis-Graves (Stack's, 4/1954), lot 354, impaired, possibly the same as number 6 above.(Registry values: P4) (NGC ID# 23W6, PCGS# 5537)

    Weight: 6.68 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

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