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    1860 Quarter Dollar, PR68 ★
    Impeccable Preservation
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    1860 25C PR68 ★ NGC. Briggs 9-H. Ex: Newman. The obverse of this Superb Gem Star-designated 1860 Seated quarter shows a light purple center ceding to aqua and charcoal moving toward the rims, while the reverse displays more-modest pinkish-silver hues in the center with amber encircling the rims. Generous mint luster and an absence of even the smallest signs of contact make this a remarkable example of the issue. The plate coin at NGC's Coin Explorer website.

    Variety: Briggs 9-H. The older (Type Two) reverse hub, with the eagle's concave eye, was used to create this proof die. The Type Two reverse, with a convex eye, first appeared in 1859, although the Type One hub continued to be used for some reverse dies until 1861. The pairings of Type One and Two reverse hubs with various obverses have not been thoroughly studied and remain fertile ground for the specialist.

    Population Data (4/15): This PR68 ★ example is the sole non-Cameo at this grade level at NGC, although there is also one PR68 Cameo piece there. The finest non-Cameos at PCGS are seven PR66 submissions.

    Heritage Commentary: The reported mintage of 1860 Seated quarters was 1,000 pieces, but Briggs notes that 458 were melted. Some of the business strike dies and the proof dies known for this issue produced curiously soft strikes on the star centers, as is the case here, but otherwise the surfaces are impeccable in every way, as expected from the remarkable grade.(Registry values: P3) (NGC ID# 23WM, PCGS# 5556)

    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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