Description

    1863 Quarter, Beautifully Toned PR67
    Ex: Floyd T. Starr, Among the Finest Known

    1863 25C PR67 NGC. Briggs 4-D. A beautifully toned Superb Gem. Lime-green, cherry-red, and butter-gold patina covers the obverse. The reverse displays deeper aquamarine, orange, and lavender hues. The strike is generally intricate, although the dies were slightly misaligned, since the lower obverse and upper reverse dentils show minor incompleteness. Evaluation beneath a loupe reveals fine die polish lines.

    Variety: Briggs 4-D. The date is entered with an upward slant. QUAR. DOL. is lightly die doubled.

    Population Data (5/14): NGC lists two as PR67 and one as PR67 Cameo (the Eric P. Newman specimen) with none finer. At PCGS, the two finest are a PR66+ and a PR66 Cameo.

    Heritage Commentary: The mintage of 460 proofs was the lowest of the series since 1858, the first year that proofs were offered to the general public. Proof mintages of quarters would not drop that low again until 1914. The low mintages of 1862 through 1864 were a Mint reaction to the sizeable number of unsold proof sets from 1860 and 1861.

    Provenance: William Hesslein (6/1923), lot 1474; Floyd T. Starr Collection (Stack's, 10/1992), lot 653; Central States Signature (Heritage, 5/2004), lot 6976; Raleigh-Durham Collection (Bowers & Merena, 6/2008), lot 697; Slotkin Family Trust Collection (Heritage, 4/2011), lot 5094; purchased from Jason Carter (4/2013).(Registry values: P3) (NGC ID# 23WR, PCGS# 5559)

    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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