Gorgeous 1858 Quarter, PR67
1858 25C PR67 NGC. Ex: P. Kaufman. This Superb Gem proof
ranks high in the lineup of proof 1858 quarters, probably the
finest known. It is the best ever certified by NGC over 20 years of
The Finest Certified
The original mintage of 1858 proof silver coins is open to question. The long estimated number struck is 80 pieces. However, this mintage figure did not originate with mint records, but apparently with one of the Chapman brothers. Later estimates of the 1858 silver proofs rose to between 225 and 300 coins, based largely on David Bowers' research on the 1858 proof dollar for his Silver Dollars and Trade Dollars of the United States treatise. The 300-piece figure was extrapolated to the other 1858 silver proof denominations, and found its way into the current Red Book. Based on the certified population, at least for the quarters (95 certified specimens), it would appear their mintage was probably between 80 and 200 and some specimens. In any event, 1858 proof quarters are rare in the Gem and finer levels of preservation.
The base of the 1 is lightly doubled, and the final 8 appears to lean slightly to the right, and is low. Faint die lines connect the D and S and others connect the S and O. Both dies are otherwise well made with few diagnostic features. Larry Briggs assigned proofs the variety number 5-E in his Liberty Seated Quarter reference, although the present coin lacks the "Small die crack from second arrowhead, through third arrowhead, facing into field over 'O' of 'DOL'."
The obverse has a few minor lint marks, similar to most proof quarters of the date. The fields are deep mirrors beneath pale champagne toning with intense peripheral gold, lilac, and blue near the borders, especially on the obverse. The central devices are dominated by champagne-gold. Both sides yield modest field-motif contrast when the coin is tilted ever so slightly beneath a light source. A sharp strike is indicated by full design features, and a high wire rim with bold dentilation over each side. Census: 1 in 67, 0 finer (6/07).
Ex: Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. (Bowers and Merena, 4/1997), lot 1468; The Phil Kaufman Collection of Early Proof Sets, Part One (Heritage Auction Galleries, 8/2007), lot 1800.
From The Scott Rudolph Collection.
See: Video Lot Description(Registry values: P5) (NGC ID# 23WK, PCGS# 5554)
Weight: 6.22 grams
Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
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