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    1856-S Quarter, Rare Near-Gem
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    1856-S 25C MS64 PCGS. Briggs 1-A. Glowing orange-gold luster complements muted tan-gray patina on each side of this well-struck near-Gem. Close examination reveals some light surface grazes in the fields on each side, though they blend into the patina and are not overly distracting to the unaided eye. A pleasing example of this rare San Francisco issue.

    Variety: Briggs 1-A, Large S. This obverse die was also paired with Briggs' Reverse B.

    Population Data (5/14): This is the only piece certified in MS64 at PCGS with one finer. NGC has graded none finer than MS62.

    Heritage Commentary: The San Francisco Mint struck only 286,000 quarters in 1856, and most entered the specie-starved California economy and circulated extensively. As a result, Mint State survivors are genuinely rare; Choice and Gem pieces are virtually nonexistent.

    Consignor Commentary: There are some disturbances noted in the left field of both the obverse and reverse; no sign of wear is present, but the grazes are noticeable when viewed with a lens. The 1856-S carries a High R.6 rating in Mint State.

    Provenance: Bill Nagle (1/2008).(Registry values: P7)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 23TD, PCGS# 5440)

    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 Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2014
    23rd Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 6
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