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    Gem Cameo Proof 1859 Quarter Dollar

    1859 25C PR66 Cameo NGC. Breen-4019, Briggs-2C. Type One obverse, Type Two reverse. Three die scratches from the tip of the rock toward star 1 are clearly visible. On the reverse, recutting of QUAR. DOL. is also plain. Just 800 proof quarter dollars were struck in 1859, according to conventional wisdom. The number of these actually distributed is not precisely known. The net distribution was certainly very small, given the elusive nature of this issue. The devices of this Gem proof are highly lustrous with white silvery frosty. These design elements contrast nicely with the deeply mirrored fields to provide a stunning visual effect. A small lintmark in the field just right of, and slightly below, Liberty's knee resembles a backward question mark, and will serve as a pedigree marker for future researchers. All design features are boldly defined and are surrounded by wavy fields, typical of most proof coins from this era. Population: 8 in 66, 1 finer (7/04).(#85555) (Registry values: P4) (NGC ID# 23WL, PCGS# 85555)

    Weight: 6.22 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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