Conditionally Elusive Gem Proof 1868 Seated Liberty Quarter1868 25C PR65 PCGS. The Philadelphia Mint's low output of only 29,400 business strike quarters in 1868 has placed tremendous collector pressure on the surviving proof specimens. This original Gem is among the finest certified and, quite possibly, one of the best preserved survivors from an original proof delivery of only 600 pieces. The die chip below the B in LIBERTY and the recutting on the 1 that characterize all proofs of this issue are both discernible under magnification. Electric-blue, apricot, and crimson colors enliven the peripheries of each side, while the fields are charcoal-gray and suitably reflective, for a Gem proof. The golden-tinged central devices are pleasingly frosted, on both obverse and reverse. Other than a handful of tiny planchet voids (as struck), on the obverse, the proof surfaces seem mark-free. Population: 8 in 65, 1 finer (3/04).
From the JFS Collection.(#5567) (Registry values: P2) (NGC ID# 23WZ, PCGS# 5567)
Weight: 6.22 grams
Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
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