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    Important 1847 Seated Quarter, PR65

    1847 25C PR65 PCGS. A very rare early proof striking. In Breen's 1977 opus on proof coinage, he recorded seven individual examples of this date, suggesting that some duplication may exist among coins in his list. Neither he nor Larry Briggs have estimated the number originally struck, but it probably was not more than 20 pieces. David Akers suggested that all 1847 proof quarters were coined for inclusion in the 10 to 15 proof sets that were issued in 1847.
    All proofs have the normal date with no repunching or recutting, and the reverse is from the same proof die used in 1846. Our current research into early proof Seated Liberty rarities suggests that about eight examples are known today, about half of the original mintage. The eight known proofs are individually listed elsewhere in this catalog as part of the Phil Kaufman Collection.
    When closely examined, the reverse shows to have been struck from heavily polished dies, as there are innumerable die striations running diagonally across that side. This takes a significant amount of magnification to see as the surfaces are toned in multiple layers of speckled and streaked blue, olive-green, citrine, rose, steel-gray, and who knows what other colors. Deeply reflective fields provide a backdrop for a uniformly high quality strike that is nearly on par with post-1858 proofs. A very rare opportunity as early proofs are seen today. Population: 2 in 65, 0 finer (6/08).(Registry values: P4) (NGC ID# 23WA, PCGS# 5541)

    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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