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    1841-O Quarter, Phenomenal MS67
    The Finest Known by Two Points

    1841-O 25C MS67 NGC. Briggs 3-D. CAC. Each side is highly lustrous, more so than one would expect from a New Orleans product. The centers retain considerable brilliance and are surrounded by russet and blue peripheral toning. The strike details, again atypical for the issue and a New Orleans quarter, are strong throughout.

    Variety: Briggs 3-D.

    Population Data (4/14): This is the sole finest 1841-O certified by either of the major grading services.

    Heritage Commentary: We are not necessarily in agreement with Mr. Gardner about this coin being from the Meridien Hotel hoard. Those pieces generally have deeper, even toning and subdued mint luster. We believe it is more likely this coin was carefully preserved from the year of issue, an unusual occurrence for any coin from the New Orleans Mint. Most New Orleans coins entered the channels of commerce and stayed there; few were set aside.

    The 1841-O quarter is generally considered a common date among early Seated quarters and early O-mints. This is because an unknown, but substantial number were found in the French Quarter of New Orleans on October 29, 1982. While the 1841-O quarter is the best-known issue found in the hoard, more than 1,000 coins were found in all, including Mexican, Peruvian, and Bolivian eight reales. To reiterate, the surfaces of this extraordinary piece just do not resemble any of the hoard coins we have seen over the years.

    Consignor Commentary: With no coin graded higher than MS64 at PCGS, and the next highest graded coins being two MS65s at NGC, this remarkable coin stands alone atop the Condition Census. Given the lack of a pedigree and the difficulty I've had trying to find it at auction, one almost has to conclude that this is one of the New Orleans hoard coins discovered in 1982. If so, at least it has not been a bit degraded by being buried. Briggs 3-D, and a fairly early strike. A gorgeous coin in all respects save for one small nick on Liberty's jaw.

    Provenance: Purchased from Legend Numismatics (1/2007).(Registry values: P4)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 23SL, PCGS# 5400)

    Weight: 6.68 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2014
    23rd Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 22
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