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1878 Quarter, PR68 ★
Sole Finest, Impeccable Quality

1878 25C PR68 ★ NGC. Type Two Reverse. The Mint was gradually perfecting the art of proof coinage by the late 1870s, but few 19th century proofs can match the quality and eye appeal of the coin offered here. This incredible PR68 specimen displays undeniable elements of contrast, especially on the reverse, where the richly frosted devices seem to float on the deeply reflective fields. The patina is a familiar one, amber-gold in the obverse center, purplish-blue iridescence near the rim, while the reverse shows slightly less color, predominantly at the borders. The strike and preservation are equally impeccable. Struck in the year the Morgan (or "Bland," as it was known at the time) dollar was introduced, the 1878 proof Seated quarters were struck to the extent of just 800 coins. This coin is the sole finest certified of the issue at NGC, regardless of any other qualifiers (10/13) -- and the Star for superb eye appeal is absolutely justified.
Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.(Registry values: P2) (NGC ID# 23XA, PCGS# 5579)


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Auction Dates
November, 2013
15th-16th Friday-Saturday
Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 8
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Truth Seeker: The Life of Eric P. Newman (softcover)
A powerful and intimidating dealer of the 1960s, backed by important colleagues, was accused of selling fraudulent gold coins and ingots to unsuspecting numismatists. Who would go up against a man like that and, over the course of decades, prove the fraud? Who would expose a widely respected scholar as a thief, then doggedly pursue recovery of coins that the scholar had stolen from an embarrassed numismatic organization, all over the objections of influential collectors who had bought coins with clouded titles? Eric P. Newman would - and did. Reserve your copy today.

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