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    1858 Quarter, PR66
    Beautifully Toned

    1858 25C PR66 NGC. Briggs 5-E. A ring of blue-green color progresses to purple-pink and apricot-orange interiors over the obverse, while the reverse displays golden-brown and cerulean-blue peripheries with largely untoned centers. Heavy frost covers the eagle, which appears suspended over pleasingly mirrored fields. As one would expect, the stars show full centrils, and Liberty's hair is sharply detailed. A few typical lint marks appear, and only a minute tick on the gown is noteworthy.

    Variety: Briggs 5-E, the proof dies. The date slopes down left to right, and a small die crack is evident from the third arrowhead to the field over the O in DOL.

    Population Data (7/14): A total of five coins have been certified in PR66, four at NGC and one at PCGS. Just one PR67 specimen at NGC is finer.

    Heritage Commentary: This piece represents the first year proofs were
    marketed to the public. The Guide Book reports a mintage of 300 coins, although Briggs suggests a mintage of 80 proofs, and Walter Breen claims that between 60-75 coins were struck. Based on these figures and the certified population data, a reasonable estimate would be that between 80 and 200 proofs were produced. However, Premium Gems such as this are extremely rare.

    Provenance: Purchased from Legend Numismatics (4/2002).(Registry values: P5) (NGC ID# 23WK, PCGS# 5554)

    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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