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    1856-O Quarter, Boldly Struck MS65
    Extremely Rare in Gem or Finer Condition

    1856-O 25C MS65 NGC. Briggs 7-F. An exquisitely struck Gem with sharp claws and bold definition on the upper stars and on Liberty's head. Both sides are richly toned in orange-gold, aqua, rose, and pearl-gray. The surfaces are attractively preserved and show only a faint graze in the left obverse field. The mintmark is lightly strike doubled, and a faint die crack (as made) journeys from star 8 to the cap. Several stars are lightly recut.

    Variety: Briggs 7-F, with the date to the right and slanting down. The Large O mintmark is slightly left of the junction of the arrow feather and branch.

    Population Data (5/14): NGC has graded a single coin in MS65 and one finer, while PCGS has seen a single specimen in Gem condition with none finer.

    Heritage Commentary: Although not a low-mintage issue, the 1856-O is rare in Mint State and extremely rare as a Gem. Most of the coins circulated heavily at the time of issue, and few were saved for numismatic purposes. Heritage has been privileged to offer this identical coin several times, going back to Steve Ivy in 1982, but it is the only MS65-graded specimen we have ever handled. This coin will be a prize for the series specialist.

    Consignor Commentary: Pop 1 at NGC in MS65 with one finer and a beautiful coin with original golden-brown toning (there is also one MS65 at PCGS). An obvious Obverse-7 a la Briggs (the 1 in the date is positioned far to the right, and the 6 is a trifle low), and Reverse-F (from the position of the mintmark), but there is no evidence of weakness in the letters STATES OF AM that Briggs calls for. Must be an early die state before these letters were ground down. Sharp strike with crisp stars and full denticles (which Briggs feels is usual for the date), and the head of Liberty is well struck up (which he feels may not be quite as usual).

    Provenance: ANA Convention Auction (Steve Ivy, 8/1982), lot 2140; Texas Numismatic Association Bullet Sale (Heritage, 4/1990), lot 154; Baltimore Signature (Heritage, 7/2003), lot 6937.(Registry values: P5)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 23TC, PCGS# 5439)

    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
    June, 2014
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