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    1878 Seated Quarter, MS66
    None Numerically Finer

    1878 25C MS66 PCGS. Freckles of honey-gold and aquamarine patina encroach upon the centers of this lustrous dove-gray Premium Gem Seated quarter, while careful examination with a loupe fails to reveal any noticeable flaws. A moderately well-struck, frosty example, worthy of the finest Registry Set or type collection.

    Variety: Unlisted in Briggs. The vertical shield lines are boldly die-doubled; lesser doubling is seen on the olive leaves and the eagle's silhouette. Die cracks circumnavigate the tops of UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and the tops of QUAR. DOL. An oblong die lump is present near the edge of the rock directly behind Liberty's left (facing) hand. Star 11 is mildly recut.

    Population Data (7/14): PCGS has granted an MS66 numeric grade to only 10 examples (one 66+) with none finer, while NGC has only seen six in this grade (one 66+) and none finer.

    Heritage Commentary: Quarter production fell to little more than 2.2 million coins in 1878 (down from nearly 11 million the year before), contributing to this issue being somewhat more elusive in Mint State than other higher-mintage issues. Unlike the 1877, which can be located with little searching in MS67, this issue is unknown finer than Premium Gem, and even these are decidedly rare.

    Consignor Commentary: While not as valuable, the 1878 is nearly as difficult to locate as its branch mint cousins. This coin is pristine with no lines or marks, but does not appear to quite match up with any of the variety descriptions in Briggs.

    Provenance: New York Signature (Heritage, 7/2004), lot 6126.(Registry values: P2)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 23V8, PCGS# 5508)

    Weight: 6.25 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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