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    1851 Quarter, Toned MS65
    Elusive Melt Rarity in Mint State

    1851 25C MS65 NGC. Briggs 1-B. The patina is lovely but unusual, appearing as though a bisecting vertical line down the middle of the obverse separates that side into two halves, more golden-gray and silver on the left side and gold, blue, and lilac on the right side. The reverse adopts a more traditional approach, showing rings of pastel concentric toning. The strike is uniformly sharp and the surfaces attractive throughout.

    Variety: Briggs 1-B. The vertical shield lines do not quite reach at the bottom to the shield outline.

    Population Data (9/15): NGC reports three submissions in MS65 and one MS67+ ★ piece finer (a recent addition to the NGC data). PCGS shows four MS65 and one MS66 finer.

    Heritage Commentary: The silver melts of the 1850s were occasioned by an overvaluation of silver as reckoned in gold, due to the Gold Rush that began in earnest in 1849. The mintage figures are largely irrelevant, but what is relevant is how rare this date is in Mint State -- much less Gem condition.

    Consignor Commentary: A lovely, evenly toned coin with one small spot in the right obverse field. Otherwise perfect, the fields undisturbed. This is a premium coin for the grade. In his book Larry Briggs rates this date R.6 in Mint State, and in April 1994 in an article in the Gobrecht Journal he listed the date as among the 10 most difficult Seated quarters to obtain from the Philadelphia Mint. Bob Foster in a later article (Gobrecht Journal, July 2000) rates it more towards the middle of the pack, although he terms the date a "sleeper."

    Provenance: Purchased from Jason Carter (4/2005).(Registry values: P4)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 23T6, PCGS# 5417)

    Weight: 6.68 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

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