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    1846 Quarter, Toned PR64
    Only 13 Pieces Believed Known

    1846 25C PR64 PCGS. Briggs 4-F. The proof 1846 Seated quarter is a significant, yet, underrated rarity. The number of pieces struck was minimal, and at least most were originally part of complete silver or silver and minor proof sets. Several complete proof sets were offered intact in various prominent late-19th and early 20th century auctions, including, among others, those of the Mickley, Parmelee, Cleneay, and Stickney Collections. As was the case with most proof sets sold during this period, the coins in these collections were eventually separated and now the individual coins are traded with mild frequency among knowledgeable and well-funded collectors.

    The present piece is traced to an October 2000 Stack's sale, but earlier appearances are hidden by a lack of comparable photographic plates in many older catalogs. The coin is tied with several others at the PR64 numerical level, and we know of only three Gems that are technically finer. The surfaces are undeniably from proof dies, yielding glassy reflectivity in the fields and glossy luster over the relief elements. Liberty's head and the adjacent stars are not fully defined, but the remainder of the details are crisp. Deep cobalt-blue interiors fade to brighter mint-gold and aquamarine peripheries, and no surface distractions are observed.

    The combined PCGS and NGC populations show 19 examples in all grades, but this figure is inflated by resubmissions. Our roster contains just 13 examples, including one coin in the Smithsonian Institution. Our Permanent Auction Archives show just eight previous appearances of this rare proof issue, composed of just three different coins. The importance of this Choice example, housed in a green label holder, is difficult to overstate. Population: 9 in 64, 0 finer (3/15).
    Ex: 65th Anniversary Sale (Stack's, 10/2000), lot 709.(Registry values: P4) (NGC ID# 23W9, PCGS# 5540)

    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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