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    1867-S Seated Liberty Quarter, MS67
    Finest Graded by Three Points
    Unmatched Registry Set Candidate

    1867-S 25C MS67 NGC. CAC. Briggs 1-A. This fabulous Superb Gem is the single finest certified 1867-S Seated Liberty quarter by three grade points. The original, untoned, satiny "skin" is intact, and both sides are essentially untoned. The central devices are fully struck, but the peripheral stars are incompletely brought up -- a trait seen on all known 1867-S quarters. The surfaces are essentially perfect, the only mentionable flaw being a small planchet flake to the right of the 7 in the date. A fine die crack is seen up and to the left of the 1 in the date. Eye appeal is incredible.

    Variety: Briggs 1-A, the only dies for the issue. The reverse die was previously used to strike the Briggs 1-A variety of the 1866-S quarter.

    Population Data (4/15): NGC shows only two examples in Mint State, one in MS64 and the present coin in MS67. PCGS reports none finer than MS64, and only one specimen at that level. This coin is the finest certified example by three full grade points.

    Heritage Commentary: From a smallish mintage of 48,000 pieces, the 1867-S Seated Liberty quarter is a surprisingly elusive issue in all grades. It is more difficult to locate than the 1866-S, which has an even lower mintage, and the issue is seldom encountered in any Mint State grade. Ron Guth notes:

    "Most Mint State examples would be considered 'low-end' because the majority are MS62 to MS63. However, there is one standout example -- an NGC MS67 1867-S Quarter that has been recognized as the finest example known of this date since all the way back to 1975."

    The present coin is the MS67 specimen Guth refers to, and it is still unmatched in the population data. For Registry Set enthusiasts, there is no adequate substitute for this fabulous coin.

    Consignor Commentary: I usually find a claim of "finest known" to be fatuous, but in this case the coin is so far and away the finest graded (next best an MS64 at NGC, and only seven others in any Mint State grade) that the claim seems justified. The die cracks mentioned in Briggs are present but extremely faint and difficult to discern even under high magnification (on the obverse from the base of the rock towards the digit 1; and on the reverse from the outside feather of the eagle's left wing below the letters RI). On the reverse the letters DOL are recut. Toned a light silver-gray, the coin is a real beauty.

    Provenance: James A. Stack Collection (Stack's, 3/1975), lot 122; I. Kleinman; Corky Vena; New England Rare Coin Fund I (1977-1980); Marty Haber; Auction '86 (Paramount, 7/1986), lot 1619; Jay Miller; Brian Keefe; Long Beach Signature (Heritage 6/2004), lot 6063.(Registry values: P7)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 23UE, PCGS# 5471)

    Weight: 6.22 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    May, 2015
    12th Tuesday
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