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    1855-S Arrows Quarter, MS65
    One of Only Two Gems Known
    Ex: Stickney-Eliasberg

    1855-S 25C Arrows MS65 NGC. Briggs 1-C. Ex: Eliasberg. Although dies were on hand as early as 1853, the dearth of parting acids prevented the production of silver coinage at the San Francisco Mint until 1855. In the latter year, 396,400 quarters and 129,950 half dollars flowed into California's economic channels. While the half dollar is rightly recognized as a rare issue in all grades, the 1855-S Arrows Seated quarter is also a legitimately scarce coin that is difficult to find problem-free in any grade. Perhaps saved as a first-year souvenir, this satiny Gem has medium sea-green and mauve patina. Well-struck and attractive, a short and faint pinscratch in the right obverse field is nearly invisible to the naked eye. A die crack (as made) journeys across most of the reverse legend. The finest among only five Uncirculated pieces certified by NGC. As of (11/14), PCGS has graded a solitary MS65 piece with none finer.
    Ex: Matthew A. Stickney Collection (Henry Chapman, 6/1907); John H. Clapp; Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection (Bowers & Merena, 4/1997), lot 1461, where it brought $9,900; Phillip Flannagan Collection (Bowers & Merena, 12/2001), lot 6215, which realized $11,213; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2004), lot 2054, where it realized $14,950.(Registry values: P7)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 23UA, PCGS# 5437)

    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
    January, 2015
    7th-12th Wednesday-Monday
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