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    1917 Type One Quarter, Unc Details
    Breen's 'Matte Proof'

    1917 25C Type One -- Improperly Cleaned -- NGC Details. Unc. Smooth silver-gray surfaces exhibit a rich, satiny texture with muted luster. As usual, the design definition is full and complete, with sharp and fully squared rims that exhibit complete "fins," an unusual characteristic even on this well-made issue. A pleasing representative, though lightly cleaned in the past.

    Heritage Commentary: Stack's offered this piece as a "Gem Satin proof" in their March 1996 sale, noting an accompanying Walter Breen authentication letter. The possible existence of proof 1917 Type One quarters has long been debated, and Mint records make no mention of such pieces. Their existence has never been officially recognized. This example is indeed boldly struck, although such definition is typical of nearly all 1917 Type One quarters. The satiny or finely granular surface texture and luster is also seen on nearly all Type One quarters and can resemble a matte finish when cleaned. We share NGC's opinion that this piece is a business strike.

    Provenance: Public Auction Sale (Stack's, 3/1996), lot 342.

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    October, 2014
    27th Monday
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