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    1873-S Arrows Quarter, Outstanding MS65
    Tied for Finest Known, Sole CAC Example

    1873-S 25C Arrows MS65 PCGS. CAC. Briggs 2-A. Ex: Stellar. Creamy-white centers are bounded by deep cinnamon, amber-gold, and moss-green tinges at the rims and device edges on each side of this strikingly beautiful coin. A few ticks on the left arm of Liberty and scattered about are undistracting and consistent with the grade. This is an issue that is rare in any Mint State grade, but in Gem condition it should be considered High R.7.

    Variety: Briggs 2-A. Even date, star radials sharp on the left, flatter on the right. The mintmark is about even with the end of the fletchings rather than centered between the fletchings and the branch.

    Population Data (4/15): This is the sole MS65 at PCGS, trailed by two MS63. NGC also shows one in MS65 with 10 MS64 and one MS63. The NGC Gem is a deeply toned piece that we offered as lot 3936 of our Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 9/2010). The present Gene Gardner coin in Gem PCGS grade is the sole example in that grade with the CAC green approval sticker.

    Heritage Commentary: The Coinage Act, a.k.a. "Crime of 1873," rang down the final curtain on some U.S. coin series such as Seated half dimes, trimes, and two cent pieces, while creating others such as the Trade dollars and enabling one of the most interesting and widely varied years in the history of American numismatics. And Gene Gardner is absolutely correct that many of the mintmarked issues of this year, gold and silver, are quite rare and generally underappreciated. Just try to find nice, high-grade examples of the 1873-S quarter eagle, half eagle, and eagle and see how long the search is.

    Consignor Commentary: What a remarkable coin, magnificent in all respects. The S-mint coins from the early 1870s have long been overshadowed by those from Carson City, but they are just as difficult to locate in Gem condition. Although this date is rated only R.5 in Mint State [by Larry Briggs], the certified populations understate their true rarity. The strike is outstanding, especially sharp on the eagle on the reverse. The toning is even, and the coin retains considerable luster. There are two shallow imperfections on Liberty's right arm and one on her leg. A light die line appears in the area of Liberty's chin, but this is nitpicking for an example that is most likely the finest known.

    Provenance: Purchased from Chris Napolitano at Stack's Bowers (12/2012).(Registry values: P5)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 23VW, PCGS# 5493)

    Weight: 6.25 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2015
    12th Tuesday
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