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    1845 Seated Quarter, PR64
    Extremely Rare in Proof Format
    Only Seven Pieces Believed Known

    1845 25C PR64 PCGS. CAC. Briggs 5-E. The proof 1845 Seated quarter is an extreme rarity and significantly underrated as such. The mintage is unknown, but has been estimated at about six pieces in the past. Walter Breen listed only five auction appearances in his Proof Encyclopedia. Our roster includes what we believe to be seven individual coins, including a piece in the Smithsonian Institution, formerly from the complete set in the Mint Cabinet Collection. This figure is consistent with the number of proof dimes and half dollars confirmed to exist of this date -- eight and seven coins, respectively -- as one would expect for an issue which was apparently distributed in complete denomination sets.

    The combined PCGS and NGC certified population lists 14 examples in all grades, this figure reflecting a significant number of resubmissions. The present Choice example displays bold motifs and mirrored fields. Subtle cameo contrast on each side is observed amid shades of golden-gray, violet, olive-brown, and pine-green toning. There are no distracting marks. Only two coins are known finer. Population: 5 in 64, 0 finer (6/15).

    Roster of Proof 1845 Seated Quarters
    1. PR66 NGC. Menjou Collection (Numismatic Gallery, 6/1950), lot 715; John Jay Pittman; Pittman Collection (David Akers, 5/1998), lot 1711, as part of a complete 1845 proof set; Phil Kaufman Collection (Heritage, 1/2008), lot 3030; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2009), lot 3765; Chicago Signature (Heritage, 8/2013), lot 5589; Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II (Heritage, 10/2014), lot 98394.
    2. PR65 NGC. William Dickinson Collection (S.H. & H. Chapman, 3/1894), lot 387; J.M. Clapp; John H. Clapp; Clapp Estate (1942); Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr.; Eliasberg Collection (Bowers and Merena, 4/1997), lot 1437; Phil Kaufman; Rarities Sale (Bowers and Merena, 1/1999), lot 1112.
    3. PR64 PCGS. The present coin.
    4. PR64 PCGS. George Earle Collection (Henry Chapman, 6/1912), lot 3088, as part of a proof set offered individually; Ryder Collection; Wayte Raymond; 49th Sale (New Netherlands, 6/1957), lot 1152; Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 2/2012), lot 3489; Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2014), lot 5582.
    5. PR64 NGC. Eric P. Newman / Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2013), lot 3904.
    6. PR63 PCGS. Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2015), lot 5030.
    7. Proof. Smithsonian Institution.

    Additional Appearances
    A. Proof. Randall Collection (W. Elliot Woodward, 6/1885), lot 617.
    B. Proof. Lorin G. Parmelee Collection (New York Coin & Stamp, 6/1890), lot 1165, which realized $12.00.
    C. Brilliant Proof. Matthew A. Stickney Collection (Henry Chapman, 6/1907), lot 1174.
    D. Proof. Matthew A. Stickney Collection (Henry Chapman, 6/1907), lot 1789, as part of an original seven-piece proof set, which realized $250.00.
    E. Brilliant Proof. Howard R. Newcomb Collection (Morgenthau, 2/1945), lot 614.
    F. Proof. Harmer Rooke (11/1989).(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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