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    1858 Quarter, PR66 Cameo
    Vivid Multicolor Toning, Boldly Contrasted
    Tied for Finest Certified

    1858 25C PR66 Cameo NGC. Briggs 5-E. The incredible target toning on this Premium Gem Cameo proof displays warm golden-orange centers, progressing to rose, violet, ice-blue, and sea-green. Frosted, expectedly razor-sharp motifs appear to float over the watery fields, and marks are entirely trivial.

    Variety: Briggs 5-E. The date slopes slightly downward, and the right edge of the 1 is positioned between the sixth and seventh shield verticals.

    Population Data (9/15): This is one of two PR66 Cameo submissions at NGC with none finer. The finest at PCGS is a single PR65 Cameo coin.

    Heritage Commentary: This coin is from the first proof issue offered publicly by the Mint. Proofs were distributed to individuals at no extra charge, in contrast to previous years, when proofs were only struck in small quantities upon demand. With no proofing premium to pay, the public was free to speculate without risk, and they indulged. In his Proof Encyclopedia (1989), Breen noted that probably 60 to 75 proof quarters were minted, while Larry Briggs (1991) pegged the production total at 80 pieces. Today, CoinFacts estimates a mintage of 100 specimens, and the 2016 Guide Book reports that somewhere around 300 proofs were manufactured. NGC and PCGS have certified 136 1858 proofs in all, suggesting the Guide Book's figure is probably too high. Conversely, the three other estimates are probably low, and a reasonable approximation might be that between 150 to 200 proofs were struck.

    Provenance: Purchased from Larry Whitlow (9/2008).(Registry values: P5) (NGC ID# 23WK, PCGS# 85554)

    Weight: 6.22 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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