1845 Seated Quarter, PR64
    Rare Proof Date, 5 to 7 Pieces Known
    Ex: Earle/Ryder

    1845 25C PR64 PCGS. CAC. Briggs 5-E. The 1845 proof Seated Liberty quarter is a very rare issue, with no recorded mintage figures and an extremely small supply of surviving specimens. After a diligent search of auction records, we can account for only five examples that are certainly extant today. Walter Breen believed there were six coins still available in 1977, but the fourth and fifth coins on his list turned out to be the same specimen. Larry Briggs also estimated there were six survivors, so the two additional appearances documented in the roster below may actually represent different coins, rather than duplicate citations of the coins in the main roster. NGC records seven certification events, possibly including some duplicate submissions, while PCGS has graded a total of six specimens, and estimates there are actually only 4 to 6 pieces known (3/14).

    The present coin is a delightful Choice example with razor-sharp definition on all design elements. The fields are brightly reflective under iridescent shades of antique-gold, lime-green, and blue-steel toning. The date shows the diagnostic doubling of the last three numerals, which were recut after being initially placed too far to the left. This lot combines absolute rarity, high technical quality, and intense historic interest. Population: 4 in 64, 0 finer (3/14).

    Roster of 1845 Proof Seated Liberty Quarters:
    1. PR66 NGC. Menjou Collection (Numismatic Gallery, 6/1950), lot 715; John J. Pittman (David Akers, 5/1998), lot 1711, as part of a complete 1845 proof set; the Phil Kaufman Collection (Heritage FUN Sale, 1/2008), lot 3030; FUN Signature Auction (Heritage, 1/2009), lot 3765; Chicago Signature (Heritage, 8/2013), lot 5589, where it brought $129,250.
    2. PR65 NGC. William Dickinson Collection (Chapman Brothers, 3/1894) lot 387; J. M. Clapp; Clapp Estate (1942); Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr.; Eliasberg Estate (Bowers and Merena, April 1997), lot 1437; Phil Kaufman; Rarities Sale (Bowers and Merena, 1/1999), lot 1112.
    3. PR64 PCGS. George Earle Collection (Henry Chapman, 6/1912), lot 3088; Ryder Collection; Wayte Raymond; 49th Sale (New Netherlands, 6/1957), lot 1152; Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 2/2012), lot 3489, where it brought $48,875. The present coin.
    4. PR64 PCGS. Eric P. Newman / Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2013), lot 3904, where it realized $30,550.
    5. Proof. Smithsonian Institution.

    Additional Appearances:
    A. PR64. Harmer Rooke (11/1989).
    B. Brilliant Proof. Howard R. Newcomb Collection (Morgenthau, 2/1945), lot 614(Registry values: P5) (NGC ID# 23W8, PCGS# 5539)

    Weight: 6.68 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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