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    1878-S Seated Quarter, MS66
    Tied With One Other for Finest Certified
    Ex: Eliasberg

    1878-S 25C MS66 PCGS. Briggs 1-A. Ex: Eliasberg. A blanket of dusky lavender-gray toning graces radiant, satiny mint luster on each side of this well-struck Premium Gem. The preservation is excellent, save for a few dark, pedigree-identifying toning spots, one on the central obverse and the other two on the reverse below the G in GOD and within the eagle's right (facing) talons. In a green label holder.

    Variety: Briggs 1-A, the only die pair. Heavy die polishing on the reverse is diagnostic of genuine representatives.

    Population Data (7/14): PCGS has seen 11 Mint State 1878-S quarters, this piece being one of just two in MS66, and none are finer. NGC has seen 19 Mint State representatives, none finer than MS65. These figures likely include resubmissions.

    Heritage Commentary: The 1878-S quarter had a low mintage of 140,000 pieces, and as if that wasn't enough to make it a key date in the series, significant quantities were melted to prepare for the massive silver dollar coinages that began that year. Most survivors are well-worn, damaged, or otherwise impaired, and Mint State examples are rare in any grade.

    Consignor Commentary: Considered at one time to be the third-rarest issue in the series (today only, only! High R.6), the 1878-S still boasts a certified population that is extremely sparse. The pedigree-determining spots do detract slightly from the eye appeal, but otherwise the coin shows no lines or marks.

    Provenance: Purchased from Lyman H. Low (7/1903) by J.M. Clapp; John H. Clapp; Clapp Estate (1942), to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr.; Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection (Bowers and Merena, 4/1997), lot 1527; Rarities Sale (Bowers and Merena, 8/2001), lot 157.(Registry values: P4)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 23VA, PCGS# 5510)

    Weight: 6.25 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

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