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    1850-O Quarter, MS64
    The Eliasberg Example

    1850-O 25C MS64 PCGS. CAC. Briggs 1-B. Ex: Eliasberg. The reflective surfaces on this near-Gem show champagne and iridescent patina with some silvery areas remaining in the centers. The strike is bold throughout -- not absolute, but far finer than usual for this strike-challenged issue. The obverse die shows heavy signs of rust on the portrait of Liberty.

    Variety: Briggs 1-B. Rusted obverse die, die lines above stars 10-12 to rim, mintmark further right. Die State: Die cracks on the reverse run from the tip of the eagle's left (facing) wing and the lowest arrowhead to the rim.

    Population Data (9/15): This MS64 coin is the sole finest at PCGS. Interestingly, NGC reports six in MS64 with one each in MS65 and MS66 finer. Of the seven submissions in MS64 at both services, only this piece and one other have the CAC green approval sticker.

    Heritage Commentary: The mintage figures for the 1849-O and 1850-O quarter issues were lumped together, but the 1849-O is far rarer. Gene Gardner also owned an MS65 NGC coin that brought $11,183 in our Gardner Part I Signature (Heritage, 6/2014), lot 30369, but felt that this coin had greater eye appeal.

    Consignor Commentary: The Eliasberg coin, the finest graded at PCGS, but bettered by two at NGC. The strike is particularly strong despite a plethora of sharp lines in the right obverse field. Strong eye appeal.

    Provenance: Probably Richard B. Winsor Collection (Chapman Brothers, 12/1895); J.M. Clapp; John H. Clapp; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. (1942); Eliasberg Collection (Bowers and Merena, 4/1997), lot 1448.(Registry values: P5)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 23T5, PCGS# 5416)

    Weight: 6.68 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

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    October, 2015
    28th Wednesday
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