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    1855 Arrows Quarter, Incredible MS67
    'Wonder Coin' Two-Year Type Example

    1855 25C Arrows MS67 NGC. Briggs 2-B. This Arrows quarter boasts incredible luster, flash, and color on the impeccably preserved surfaces front and back. Rose, gold, amber, and pale green abound.

    Variety: Briggs 2-B.

    Population Data (4/15): This MS67 NGC piece is one of the four finest at that service, and one of the few finest Arrows quarters at NGC regardless of date and mintmark. The finest 1855 Arrows quarters at PCGS are four MS66.

    Heritage Commentary: For all 1854-55 Arrows quarters at NGC and PCGS combined (excluding the 1853 Arrows and Rays, a separate subtype, technically speaking), there are 15 submissions in MS67. Most of those are the 1854 Arrows coins, which account for nine of the 15. Of the two P-mints, 1854 and 1855, the 1855 Arrows is grade-for-grade more elusive in Mint State. And in any case, the present piece is a "wonder coin" aesthetically as well as numerically.

    Consignor Commentary: Briggs 2-B, but not conclusive. Not all attributes mentioned in Briggs are present, but enough are -- the slope and position of the arrows by the date, the recutting of the eagle's left claw, to differentiate it from the others. What gives me pause is Briggs' book makes no mention of the most obvious feature -- heavy doubling of the reverse legend, particularly noticeable in TATES O and UAR. The coin is tied with three others at the top of the condition chart and fulfills all the requirements -- strike, color, and luster -- expected in that grade.

    Provenance: Purchased from Bill Nagle (12/2003).(Registry values: P4)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 23U8, PCGS# 5435)

    Weight: 6.22 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
    May, 2015
    12th Tuesday
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