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    1862-S Quarter, MS64
    Tied for Finest at Either Service
    Single Finest at CAC

    1862-S 25C MS64 PCGS. CAC. Briggs 1-A. Pearl-gray fields and motifs gradually cede to almond-gold margins. This lustrous near-Gem is well-struck save for a couple of star centers. Bagmarks are nearly absent, and careful rotation reveals delicate field grazes. An outstanding representative of the conditionally rare Civil War issue.

    Variety: Briggs 1-A with the 1 in the date slightly left of the shield point.

    Population Data (5/14): PCGS and NGC each list two as MS64 with none finer. This piece is the single finest with a CAC seal.

    Heritage Commentary: Silver bullion depositors at the San Francisco Mint preferred the convenience of the half dollar denomination. A total of 1,352,000 halves was minted, compared to just 67,000 quarters. Most survivors are well-circulated, and only a handful of examples survive in Uncirculated grades.

    Consignor Commentary: R.6 in Mint State with only 67,000 coins struck. It is an exceedingly fine distinction (a minor variation in the placement of the date), but this coin is an example of Briggs' Obverse 1. The current coin is about average for the grade. No wear evident but lots of chatter on the obverse, particularly on Liberty's left arm. Light die crack on the reverse linking the bases of the letters TES OF, and on the lower reverse the letters AR D appear to be recut. Horizontal line 7 in the shield does not connect to the rim of the shield.

    Provenance: Purchased from Jason Carter (2/2002).(Registry values: P6)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 23TW, PCGS# 5457)

    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
    23rd Monday
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