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    1850 Seated Quarter, Richly Toned MS67
    The Single Finest Certified

    1850 25C MS67 NGC. CAC. Briggs 1-A. The surfaces display rich, multicolored toning over each side, varying from deep gold to electric blue. The fields are deeply reflective and show evidence of heavy die striations, an in-the-Mint process done sometimes to brighten the fields. The depth of the mirroring in the fields accents the mint frost seen over the central devices, especially the reverse, giving the coin a cameo effect.

    Variety: Briggs 1-A.

    Population Data (5/14): This Superb Gem is the single finest known at both services.

    Heritage Commentary: The mintage of the 1850 quarter was 190,000 pieces, an amount that suggests examples should be plentiful today. That, of course, is not the case. The cause for the scarcity of the 1850 quarter (in all grades) was the widespread melting of subsidiary silver prior to the Mint Act of 1853. Silver and gold coins had a greater intrinsic value than their face value, which led to the melting and subsequent scarcity of the pre-1853 issues. Few were set aside as mementoes, and 1850 was several years before coin collecting became popular later in the decade.

    Consignor Commentary: Truly a wonder coin. Particularly the reverse with its prooflike sharpness of detail and frosty cameolike appearance. The obverse slightly more subdued in comparison but still beautiful. Obverse A with an interesting extra digit "1" struck in the rim and denticles below and to the left of the 1 in the date.

    Provenance: From "a Mint Set Deal" handled by RARCOA; David Akers; Old West and Franklinton Collections (American Numismatic Rarities, 8/2006), lot 420.(Registry values: P4)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 23T4, PCGS# 5415)

    Weight: 6.68 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2014
    23rd Monday
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