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    1854-O Arrows Quarter, MS66
    The Stickney-Clapp-Eliasberg Coin
    Sole Finest Certified

    1854-O 25C Arrows MS66 PCGS. Briggs 2-E. Silver-gray, rose, and violet with pale blue accents prevail on both sides amid good luster and excellent eye appeal. This coin shows preservation that puts it far ahead of any other known competitor for finest known of this high-mintage issue.

    Variety: Briggs 2-E. The figure of Liberty shows recutting and on the reverse there is a die scratch through the denticles above TAT.

    Population Data (8/15): In MS66 PCGS, this piece is the sole finest at that service. This crossed-over coin was formerly the sole finest at NGC as well, an MS67. The second finest are one MS65 at PCGS and four MS65 at NGC.

    Heritage Commentary: After the silver-content reduction in silver coinage signified by the Arrows motif, the New Orleans Mint in 1853 and 1854 struck a total of about 2.8 million coins -- enormous numbers for the branch mint. As might be expected from the pent-up demand created by a shortage of coinage the previous several years, most of those O-mint quarters (and their Arrows counterparts from other mints) circulated far and wide. Few Mint State examples survive of this workhorse emission.

    Consignor Commentary: The finest known of the date at either service. This was formerly the sole MS67 NGC example and now is the lone MS66 PCGS coin, in each case the single finest graded. The fields are completely clean except for a small tick in the obverse field to the right of Liberty's knee.

    Provenance: Matthew A. Stickney Collection (Henry Chapman, 6/1907), lot 1193; John H. Clapp; Clapp Estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. (1942); Eliasberg Collection (Bowers and Merena, 4/1997), lot 1457; Chesapeake Collection (Bowers and Merena, 5/1999), lot 2087; unknown intermediaries; purchased from Stuart Blay (8/2008).(Registry values: P5)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 23U7, PCGS# 5433)

    Weight: 6.22 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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