Premium Gem Proof 1856 Quarter
1856 25C PR66 NGC. Ex: Eliasberg. Earlier from the Harlan P.
Smith Collection. Harlan Page Smith (1839-1902) was a partner with
David Proskey in the New York Coin and Stamp Company, and an active
collector of 19th century proof coins and famous rarities including
an 1822 half eagle.
Tied for Finest Certified, Ex: Eliasberg
A remarkable Premium Gem proof, this 1856 quarter exhibits gold, violet, and blue toning on the obverse with lighter champagne inside a frame of gold and blue on the reverse. The fields are deeply mirrored with sharply defined, satiny devices. All proof 1856 quarters exhibit the die bulge visible at the right side of the reverse on this specimen. Walter Breen estimated perhaps 30 examples of the 1856 proof quarter survive in all grades. NGC has certified only two coins in PR66, with none finer, while PCGS has graded a single Premium Gem proof, also with none finer (2/11).
Ex: Harlan P. Smith (S.H. and H. Chapman, 5/1906), lot 836; John H. Clapp; Clapp Estate (1942); Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr.; Eliasberg Estate (Bowers and Merena, 4/1997), lot 1462.
From The B & D Collection.(Registry values: P2) (NGC ID# 23WH, PCGS# 5552)
Weight: 6.22 grams
Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
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