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    1844-O Quarter, MS65
    Tied for Second-Finest Known

    1844-O 25C MS65 PCGS. CAC. As Mr. Gardner states below, this piece is toned similarly to the 1844. The centers, however, show a bit more color. The strike is far above-average for a New Orleans product, showing almost complete high-point definition. Briggs points out this issue is generally found well-struck, except for the top of Liberty's head, and that is the case with this coin. The mint luster is bright and vibrant, again atypical for an O-mint quarter.

    Variety: Briggs 1-A.

    Population Data (5/14): PCGS shows two in MS65 with none finer. NGC shows a sole MS66 Prooflike finer.

    Heritage Commentary: So much is atypical about this coin, as indicated in the physical description above. New Orleans silver coins seldom display the bright mint luster and strength of strike seen on this piece. This is a clear indication of 160 years of careful preservation by previous owners, one might say stewards, of this coin. Briggs comments that nine reverse dies are accounted for in his reference. However, only five die pairs were received by the New Orleans Mint in 1844, leading to the conclusion that some 1844-O quarters were actually struck in 1845.

    Consignor Commentary: Almost a perfect match for its companion coin from Philadelphia. Very similar coloring and eye appeal. This coin is slightly rarer, of course, (R.6+ in Mint State, according to Briggs). Fully deserving of the grade, as the strike is strong on both the stars and Liberty's head, and there are no marks, spots, or other distractions.

    Provenance: Purchased from Jason Carter (3/2001).(Registry values: P5)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 23SU, PCGS# 5407)

    Weight: 6.68 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

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    June, 2014
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