Rare 1856 Seated Liberty Quarter, PR65
1856 25C PR65 PCGS. CAC. The Philadelphia Mint began its
program of commercial proof production in 1858, when Mint Director
James Ross Snowden published ordering instructions and a list of
prices for obtaining proof examples of various denominations from
that facility. Before that date, no official records were kept of
proof production, and the number of coins minted was quite limited.
Regarding the 1856 proof mintage, Walter Breen comments, "In some
ways this is one of the most difficult and complicated dates of the
series." Breen estimates the proof quarter mintage as less than 30
pieces, while Larry Briggs estimates the total as 25+ examples.
Proof quarters of 1856 are quite rare in all grades today, with Gem
specimens almost unobtainable. NGC has certified four coins in
PR65, with two examples finer; while PCGS has graded only one
example at the Gem Proof level, with none finer (11/09).
Only 25-30 Pieces Minted in Proof
Briggs designates the proof die marriage as combination 10-H, with a diagnostic die bulge on the reverse from the first A in AMERICA to the eagle's wing, down through the arrow shafts to the L of DOL. The present coin features reflective proof surfaces under delightful gray, blue, and violet toning. Numerous die striations are evident in the fields, as usually seen on this issue. The strike is remarkably sharp, with only slight softness on stars 12 and 13. The coin offered here is one of the most attractive survivors from the tiny proof mintage and we expect intense competition from series enthusiasts when this lot is called.(Registry values: P2) (NGC ID# 23WH, PCGS# 5552)
Weight: 6.22 grams
Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
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