Goldberg Coins and Collectibles



Sale 69

The May Pre-Long Beach Auction


Quarters
 
 
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Lot 1146
1818. PCGS graded AU-58. Beautiful gold and blue toning. A common date. Ten die marriages are known from a mintage of 361,174 coins. This mintage was produced from five obverse and seven reverse dies (PCGS # 5322) .
Estimated Value $2,000 - 2,100.
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$4,715
Lot 1147
1819. Small 9. . B-3. PCGS graded EF-45 CAC Approved. Nice even original toning, outstanding eye appeal for the collector of early 19th Century coinage. Quarter dollar mintage was far less in this period than the associated half dollar coinage (PCGS # 5325) .
Estimated Value $1,000 - 1,050.
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$2,013
Lot 1148
1831. Small letters. . B-4. PCGS graded MS-63. Boldly struck with nice even grey toning. Devices were struck with all the energy and attention to detail by the pressmans dies imparting design elements fully including the obverse stars and all hair curls. First year of this truncated issue, which lasted only through the years 1831-38. Pop 49; 70 finer (PCGS # 5348) .

Historic note: In 1831 the quarter dollar was reconfigured to make it a smaller diameter and to eliminate the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM. Designed by William Kneass who also left his mark in the form of the 1834 $2.50 and $5 "Classic Head" gold pieces, among others. Kneass had suffered an incapacitating stroke on August 27, 1835, after which Christian Gobrecht did virtually all new work on patterns, dies, etc. Kneass died August 27, 1840.
Estimated Value $3,000 - 3,200.
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$3,163
Lot 1149
1866. With motto. PCGS graded Proof 64 Cameo PQ CAC Approved. A white gem. Nothing brings together the citizens of a nation better than a crisis shared in common. The American Civil War, which ended the year before this coin was struck, had torn the country asunder. Northern policy makers, realizing this, bethought themselves a tried-and-true way for helping instill courage in an apprehensive public: a national motto was devised and, beginning in 1864, put on our coinage. It was not until 1866, however, that the Philadelphia Mint (which makes dies for the branch mints as well as for its own use) found time to include the new motto IN GOD WE TRUST on Quarter Dollars. From then on, America's motto never failed to be seen on work-a-day twenty-five cent pieces and Proofs like that offered here. Pop 10; 7 finer, 4 in 65, 2 in 66, 1 in 67 (PCGS # 85565) .
Estimated Value $900 - 950.
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$1,496
Lot 1150
1869. PCGS graded Proof 63 Cameo PQ CAC Approved. A hint of light gold tone. Boldly struck. Only 600 Proofs minted. Year that the two competing railroad conglomerates finished America's first transcontinental railroad. The two halves of the line met at a place called Promentory, Utah (PCGS # 85568) .
Estimated Value $500 - 525.
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$863
Lot 1151
1872-CC. PCGS graded VG-8. Only 22,850 minted of which merely 120 examples are estimated to have survived. Pop 8; only 54 total graded at PCGS for this rare coin (PCGS # 5482) .
Estimated Value $800 - 900.
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$1,725
Lot 1152
1884. PCGS graded Proof 63 Cameo CAC Approved. Well struck and white. Only 875 Proofs minted. As 1884 is also a low mintage business strike issue, collectors find this and the other dates from 1879 to 1889, Proof or Mint State, irresistible (PCGS # 85585) .
Estimated Value $700 - 750.
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$805
Lot 1153
1890. PCGS graded Proof 63. Nice even blue toning. A choice, attractive coin. Only 590 Proofs struck (PCGS # 5591) .
Estimated Value $650 - 700.
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$776
Lot 1154
1892. PCGS graded Proof 67 Deep Cameo CAC Approved. Only 1,245 minted. A fully white gem. The silvery luster on both sides twirls with a deep mirror effect, offsetting the satin texture imparted to the main devices by the dies. Our observation of the luster ends with a single word: superb! But pertaining to the devices, this coin was struck with methodical precision throughout the leaves in the hair ornament, the tiny letters in LIBERTY on the ribbon band also show their fine detail under magnification. Magnifying the reverse reveals the same majestic elegance of detail. This is the first year of issue.

The basic obverse design of the Charles E. Barber inspired silver coinage of 1892-1916 consisted of a Liberty head with a cap and wreath. This figure was inspired both by classical Greek and Roman models and by the designs of various 19th-century French coinage. The word "LIBERTY" appeared on the headband in incuse; since it wears relatively quickly in circulation, it is often used by numismatists to help determine the condition of circulated coins. The Liberty head is flanked by six stars on the left and seven on the right, and the motto "IN GOD WE TRUST" appears above it. The date is centered below the figure.

On the quarter and half dollar, a heraldic eagle, similar to that featured on the Great Seal of the United States, is the central reverse element, with "QUARTER DOLLAR" or "HALF DOLLAR" and the mint mark (if any) located beneath it. Proofs, of course, carry no mintmark as they were struck exclusively at the Philadelphia Mint. As on the Great Seal, the eagle carries a banner in its beak reading "E PLURIBUS UNUM", and the amount of the motto visible is helpful to numismatic graders in determining the condition of circulated specimens. A field of 13 stars (the same number as on the obverse, representing the 13 original American colonies) appears above the eagle, and on the top edge, "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" is inscribed. Pop 8; 2 finer in 68DCAM (PCGS # 95678) .
Estimated Value $6,000 - 6,500.
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$8,050
Lot 1155
1892. PCGS graded MS-64 PQ. Housed in an Old Green Holder. Fully prooflike and white (PCGS # 5601) .
Estimated Value $850 - 900.
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Lot 1156
1893. PCGS graded Proof 67 Deep Cameo PQ CAC Approved. Only 792 minted. Frosty and white. Has the black and white appearance. One would be hard pressed to imagine a more pristine 1893, even if one were known to either NGC or PCGS. The richly frosted, rotating white devices, like summer lightning, provide a surge of unimpeded mint contrast for the surrounding field. No more than the luster comes a desirable strike: This piece is struck with scientific exactness throughout the main devices. The devices were struck with such force and energy by the dies that all design elements including the star radials show boldly. Only the paucity of words in the 800,000-or-so English language limits our ability to come to a viable depiction of this coins awe-inspiring beauty and fresh appearance. Pop 5; none finer at PCGS (PCGS # 95679) .
Estimated Value $7,500 - 8,000.
The Larry Shapiro Collection; Number One PCGS Registry Proof Barber Quarters Set.

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$8,625
Lot 1157
1894. PCGS graded Proof 66 Cameo CAC Approved. Only 972 minted. A nice white coin. Without doubt the most visually stunning feature of this coin is its soft, frosted mint luster on the cameo devices whose sharp relief provides an ideal counterpoint for the deep mirror surface. Full reflective luster on both sides, in fact. In former days, the mirror quality was enough to determine a coin's status. But today, just as important is the strike: there is no deviation in the sharp relief seen on Liberty or the eagle, not even in the centers of the coin where non-Proofs tend to have some problems. Pop 16; 5 finer, 2 in 66+CAM, 2 in 67CAM, 1 in 67+CAM (PCGS # 85680) .
Estimated Value $2,300 - 2,400.
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Lot 1158
1895. PCGS graded Proof 68 Cameo PQ CAC Approved. Only 880 minted. A wonderful white gem. The satin-like gleam of originality on the face of Liberty and the eagles body is safe and sound from even the slightest imperfection. Cameo-frosted against deep mirrors, the coin is imbued with old-fashioned Victorian elegance in its conservative design as well as in the atypical state of preservation. Well deserving the Proof 68 grade! With such gorgeous silvery luster, it confirms the grade that the coin is struck with mathematical precision by the dies. A coin of this caliber is the numismatists staff of life. Nothing less will serve as a pinch-hitter when it comes to the desired Registry Set prominence. Pop 4; none finer at PCGS (PCGS # 85681) .
Estimated Value $12,000 - 14,000.
The Larry Shapiro Collection; Number One PCGS Registry Proof Barber Quarters Set.

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Lot 1159
1895. PCGS graded Proof 66 Cameo CAC Approved. Only 880 minted. Lovely blue toning. Wonderful lustrous surfaces are flourishing with the toning supported by underlying mirror brilliance. Well struck for the date, devices nicely cameo frosted, with razor-sharp reverse details present, the word "full" can be used without qualifiers. Fully struck Proofs of this date are desirable when accompanied by a grade of 66. Pop 17; 15 finer, 8 in 67CAM, 3 in 67+CAM, 4 in 68CAM (PCGS # 85681) .
Estimated Value $2,500 - 2,600.
The Larry Shapiro Collection.

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$2,875
Lot 1160
1896. PCGS graded Proof 67 Cameo PQ CAC Approved. Only 762 minted. A white gem cameo. This lovely Superb Gem is blazing with full, pearly white luster, cameo on the devices, mirror-deep throughout the fields, but we are hard pressed to find even a single carbon fleck or noticeable hairline. The 1896 issue is famous for its stark cameo contrast, more so than on most others in the series. In this way, from first to last, the luster glows. Furthermore, from center to periphery, the strike as keen as any seen.

Whenever the reader comes across the term "Premium Quality" or the CAC identifier it means that the grading service may have been unduly austere in our judgment or that of others. Perhaps the luster is a bit stronger than usual, or perhaps, as well, the cheek is cleaner and fresher than average. Note that we use the Premium Quality modifier sparingly, and only where fully warranted. Pop 5; none finer (PCGS # 85682) .
Estimated Value $5,000 - 5,500.
The Larry Shapiro Collection; Number One PCGS Registry Proof Barber Quarters Set.

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$6,038
Lot 1161
1897. PCGS graded Proof 66+CAM PQ CAC Approved. Only 731 minted. A lovely white gem cameo. This resolute Superb Gem has outstanding, indeed blazing silvery color. Lustrous and sharply struck with top-quality almost pristine fields. The finish imparted by the dies is no less praiseworthy, and we note incredibly bold contrast between thickly frosted devices and deeply mirrored fields. As a whole, the Proof 1897 is a well-produced issue, and many survivors exhibit one or both of these characteristics. Everyone knows that luster isn't the only side of a grade. So too, the detail, and here the devices are as sharp as can be. What truly sets this coin apart, therefore, is the uncommon level of surface preservation. Pop 1; 11 finer in 67CAM (PCGS # 85683) .
Estimated Value $3,200 - 3,400.
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Lot 1162
1897. PCGS graded Proof 64 Cameo PQ CAC Approved. Only 731 minted. Beautiful gold and blue toning. A sparkling near-gem with intense underlying luster that breathes life into the well-toned highlights. Nicely struck with crisp details aplenty. Pop 14; 30 finer (PCGS # 85683) .
Estimated Value $1,500 - 1,600.
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Lot 1163
1898. PCGS graded Proof 67 Deep Cameo. Only 735 minted. A white gem cameo. Virtually ice-white mirror fields topped by frosted devices stream light out in ways that almost mesmerize the onlooker. From across the room the fields glisten as light strikes a low angles. For its own part, there are keen-edged devices throughout, including square-off lettering, full star radials, and everything else one would expect from a landmark Proof 67 Deep Cameo specimen.

Most collectors are lucky to obtain one superior Proof Barber coin in a lifetime. Ancient ones, those who have been at it for several decades and have a strong will to search for the best, may have discovered that the availability of top-end Gems has almost entirely petered out. There seems no doubt that todays bidders, in light of these flashy Registry Set specimens, will need to have "the stuff" to bid what it takes to acquire a few representative samples. We understand that some of them will probably do fairly well down the road, if the past is any guide. Pop 12; 5 finer, 4 in 68DCAM, 1 in 68+DCAM (PCGS # 95684) .
Estimated Value $5,400 - 5,800.
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Lot 1164
1899. PCGS graded Proof 66 Cameo. Only 846 minted. Fully white gem cameo. Soft satin-like devices support careening mirrors with lustrous silver color. Nicely struck with just outstanding detail at devices. Early Proofs like this 1899 Barber Quarter were shipped from the Mint in sulfur-laden tissue paper wrappers similar to jewelers tissue, and the coins toned very quickly as a result, leading one to the conclusion that this piece must have been taken from the Mint envelope as soon as it was received in the mail. It shows blinding white radiance. Pop 4; 3 finer, 2 in 67CAM, 1 in 68CAM (PCGS # 85685) .
Estimated Value $2,500 - 2,700.
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$3,105
Lot 1165
1900. PCGS graded Proof 67 Cameo. Only 912 struck. Fully white gem. From center to periphery the intense flood of silvery luster glows. The superb quality of the fields is matched by the stirring white satin frost on the cameo devices. Putting aside the luster for a moment, though those who inspect the coin first hand before bidding will want to dwell on it for half a minute longer, we move on to the strike. Here again, as in the other pieces from the Shapiro Registry Set, it is easy to see this piece received a full, sharp blow by the Proof dies.

U.S. Proof coins were prized by the earliest American collectors and interest in them was high throughout the 19th century, particularly in the latter half. The purchasing power of money was higher than at the present and incomes lower on a relative basis. After Proofs were offered to the general public in 1858, well-to-do collectors sought Proofs of the silver coins, and a few collectors of outstanding wealth such as the Garretts of Baltimore sought Proof gold.

From the mid-1860s onward, the Philadelphia Mint offered collectors on more limited budgets Proof sets of the minor coins only, such as the Small Cent, 2 Cents, Nickel 3 Cents and 5 Cents. These sets were popular among the few hundred collectors then active, but well-preserved minor Proofs are every bit as scarce as top-condition specimens of the silver and gold, and with them form an important part of the American numismatic record. The Barber Proof coins are some of the finest ever made. Most years the dies were frosted in the recesses so as to impart cameo contrast against the mirror field. The years 1901-04 saw a switch to an all-brilliant finish. Cameos are rarely seen of those years. From 1905-on, Proofs returned to the more normal two-tone or cameo contrast. Pop 6; 1 finer in 68CAM (PCGS # 85686) .
Estimated Value $5,500 - 6,000.
The Larry Shapiro Collection; Number One PCGS Registry Proof Barber Quarters Set.

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Lot 1166
1901. PCGS graded Proof 67 Cameo CAC Approved. A Premium Quality coin. Only 813 minted. Mostly white with lovely rainbow reverse toning. Bright mainly snow-white obverse surfaces ends with a touch of golden color at the rim; prepare yourself for a flamboyant change to more vibrant iridescent colors ringing the reverse. Having that in mind for the mint freshness, we see as well a full, bold transfer from die to planchet notable in the eagle, its neck feathers and claws, as well as the shield, to describe just some of the razor-sharpness the next owner will be admiring for years to come. Unlike a fair portion of the 1901 Proof mintage, this specimen boasts nice cameo contrast from the frosted relief. A major plus. As is an extremely low census: Pop 6; none finer at PCGS (PCGS # 85687) .
Estimated Value $5,500 - 6,000.
The Larry Shapiro Collection; Number One PCGS Registry Proof Barber Quarters Set.

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$6,900
Lot 1167
1901. PCGS graded Proof 65 PQ CAC Approved. Only 813 minted. Lovely blue toning. A gleaming gem of the solid quality one expects for this popularly collected Barber design. Full Proof-mirror luster blends smoothly with sharp devices and the overall eye-catching color. Pop 26; 28 finer, 18 in 66, 9 in 67, 1 in 68 (PCGS # 5687) .
Estimated Value $1,800 - 1,900.
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Lot 1168
1902. PCGS graded Proof 66+ PQ CAC Approved. Only 777 minted. A satiny gem with energetic fresh luster and sleek mirrors that seems to want to motivate bidders to increase their bids as though by subtle hypnotism! Well struck, since incompleteness is limited to the base of the fletchings. The fields are close to pristine, and the portrait is also undisturbed by contact. This magnificent type coin is also of interest to the specialist, since as of April 2012 only 5 pieces have been certified higher as Proof 67 with no other Proof 66s assigned by PCGS. Among Barber quarter issues, this has a moderate mintage, although 777 pieces hardly defines the word common by 21st century comparisons. Collectors of that period, while eager buyers, were limited in numbers. Barber Proofs have gained favor since, especially once it was known there are very few knock-out Gems left in existence. Pop 1; 5 finer in 67. This example should be called a Proof 67 (PCGS # 5688) .
Estimated Value $4,000 - 4,200.
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Lot 1169
1903. PCGS graded Proof 65+CAM PQ CAC Approved. Only 755 minted. Fully white. The surfaces are radiant and each side has a nice veneer of all-brilliant reflection that whips and tosses as light angles off the mirrors in different directions. In reference to the strike, now that the luster has been told, we see a meticulous strike on every device, including the forehead hair and all wing and shield detail. Whatever reply you might give to the ardent bidding of others when this coin's time arrives to sell, be aware that it will be checked by a sudden "Sold!" of the auctioneer's voice if you hesitate. Make sure that yours is the last bid when he closes the bidding. Pop 2; 25 finer, 13 in 66CAM, 9 in 67CAM, 3 in 68CAM (PCGS # 85689) .
Estimated Value $2,200 - 2,300.
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Lot 1170
1903. PCGS graded Proof 65 Cameo PQ. Only 755 minted. A nice white coin. A glistening beauty and a gem by all metrics. This piece offers an engaging display of lively silver glow that leaps across the defect-free surfaces. The strike is strong for the date, with bold rims noteworthy in the 1903 Proof issuance. Pop 11; 27 finer (PCGS # 85689) .
Estimated Value $1,800 - 1,900.
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Lot 1171
1903. PCGS graded Proof 65 PQ CAC Approved. Lovely rainbow toning. Both sides display the typical "look" for this P-mint Proof delivery: mirror-deep reflective surfaces, flashy effects, and boldly struck devices. As we see it, when it comes to the centers of Liberty and the eagle, the strike is needle-sharp, and well defined in all areas. Only 755 Proofs struck (PCGS # 5689) .
Estimated Value $1,300 - 1,400.
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$1,840
Lot 1172
1904. PCGS graded Proof 66. Only 670 minted. A flashy white gem. A worldly measure of pouring healthy luster livens up the wide expanse of mirror surface here. The fields are for all intents and purposes immaculate, while the strike is intrepid enough to call for special mention. Like others in this period (1901-04) the Proof dies left behind an "all brilliant" finish in the fields as well as on the devices. Pop 25; 10 finer in 67 (PCGS # 5690) .
Estimated Value $2,200 - 2,300.
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Lot 1173
1904. PCGS graded Proof 65+ Cameo PQ CAC Approved. Mostly white with rainbow toning around the edges. Frosty fields blessed with highly reflective luster. The more matte designs stand out nicely against this brilliance in cameo relief. All original, squarely within the Gem class. And so to the next qualification, the strike. Here we see exceptionally fine detail with not even minor weakness to the sharp centers. Only 670 Proofs struck. Pop 1; 7 finer, 4 in 66, 2 in 67, 1 in 68 (PCGS # 85690) .
Estimated Value $1,400 - 1,500.
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$1,955
Lot 1174
1905. PCGS graded Proof 66 PQ CAC Approved. Only 727 struck. Partial rainbow toning. A more than moderately bright and lively gem under the color with strong reflective luster and a confident, no-compromises strike, hence our Premium Quality suggestion. Everything you would want from the grade, and probably then some. Pop 28; 12 finer, 10 in 67, 2 in 68 (PCGS # 5691) .
Estimated Value $2,600 - 2,700.
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Lot 1175
1906. PCGS graded Proof 66 PQ CAC Approved. Only 675 minted. Bright white gem. And an incandescent one, the ultimate sparkling gem whose satiny beauty expresses itself with fully defined design features plus a torrent of silvery radiance on both sides. Pop 33; 21 finer, 1 in 66+, 18 in 67, 2 in 68 (PCGS # 5692) .
Estimated Value $2,300 - 2,400.
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Lot 1176
1907. PCGS graded Proof 66+CAM PQ CAC Approved. Only 575 minted. An hard to believe array of silvery freshness supports bright vibrant two-tone highlights collectors know as cameo contrast. Nicely struck, as well, with the design comparable to the best preserved specimens of this date. A coin that deserves a Proof 67 rating. Pop 1; 6 finer, 4 in 67CAM, 2 in 68CAM (PCGS # 85693) .
Estimated Value $4,800 - 5,000.
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Lot 1177
1907. PCGS graded Proof 66 Cameo CAC Approved. Only 575 struck. A nice untoned proof cameo. Another satiny, cameo-frosted gem. Supple luster has full play over the fields and devices as there is no toning to get in the way of the viewers inspection. A pleasing example of the date, completely struck to the point where we dont hesitate to call it needle-sharp, with all the detail showing in the head, hair and cap, the eagle, its shield, and the various legends. One of the mint designer Charles E. Barbers masterpieces! Pop 11; 7 finer, 1 in 66+CAM, 4 in 67CAM, 2 in 68CAM (PCGS # 85693) .
Estimated Value $2,600 - 2,700.
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Lot 1178
1907. NGC graded Proof 63. Lovely golden toning. Only 575 proofs struck.
Estimated Value $650 - 700.
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$690
Lot 1179
1908. PCGS graded Proof 68. Only 545 minted. Lovely blue toning. An incandescent and sparkling Superb Gem whose real beauty comes alive with fully formed toning over the sharp design features plus a torrent of varying dusky lavender-gray to golden hues on both sides. Pop 5; none finer at PCGS (PCGS # 5694) .
Estimated Value $9,000 - 10,000.
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Lot 1180
1908. PCGS graded Proof 64 Cameo CAC Approved. Nicely toned. An outstanding specimen, fully struck, dazzling with two-tone contrast. Only 545 Proofs struck, among the lowest in the Barber Quarter series (1892-1916) (PCGS # 85694) .
Estimated Value $800 - 825.
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$1,038
Lot 1181
1908. PCGS graded Proof 64 PQ CAC Approved. Lovely multicolor toning. A fully struck, and thoroughly choice, the fields and devices give out a sudden burst of vibrancy with this color. Only 545 Proofs struck (PCGS # 5694) .
Estimated Value $775 - 800.
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Lot 1182
1909. PCGS graded Proof 66 Cameo. Only 650 struck. A white gem cameo. Quite simply, this piece displays an elevated degree of blistering luster, luster that springs to life as it brings out the powerful cameo effect of the frosted highlights. Never yielding an inch at obverse or reverse in terms of boldness, much detail can be found either with a low-power magnifier or viewing the coin with the naked eye. More impressive than on a typical example of the 1909 Proof date. A rock-solid gem that will please everyone, even someone who is unfamiliar with coin collecting.Pop 11; 4 finer, 3 in 67CAM, 1 in 67+CAM (PCGS # 85695) .
Estimated Value $4,000 - 4,400.
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Lot 1183
1909. PCGS graded Proof 65+ CAC Approved. Only 650 struck. A hint of light gold tone. Sleek mirror luster graces the naturally toned surfaces. Varying hues of gold mingle broadly with rich gold iridescence, some areas being more saturated in color than other areas. There is also some pastel lilac on the reverse. An attractive gem that wears its bold strike proudly. Pop 1; 44 finer (PCGS # 5695) .
Estimated Value $1,500 - 1,600.
Ex: Teich Family Collection; The Larry Shapiro Collection.

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Lot 1184
1909. PCGS graded Proof 64 Cameo. Only 650 struck. A nice white coin. Bold cameo Proof with strong underlying luster. Nicely struck, as are all in this remarkable Registry group, still, mention is merited. Indeed, the strike of the present coin easily rivals that of higher grade specimens one finds in the marketplace from time to time. Pop 8; 25 finer (PCGS # 85695) .
Estimated Value $900 - 1,000.
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Lot 1185
1910. PCGS graded Proof 68 Cameo. Only 551 minted. A wonderful white gem cameo. An very bright and lustrous gem that you can use as a benchmark for the few other Barber Quarters that share this towering grade. While the strike is forthright and crisp, it is so crisp and detailed as to cause the viewer to take a second look, and a third. Without a doubt few others can compare. this coin is simply dazzling. The fields go black when angled in the light and the frosted devices present a profound cameo effect. We are powerless to discover any imperfection, mint-made or otherwise, on this flawless coin. Truly an item for the ultimate type set. Pop 3; none finer at PCGS (PCGS # 85696) .
Estimated Value $11,000 - 12,000.
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Lot 1186
1910. PCGS graded Proof 66 PQ CAC Approved. Only 551 minted. Lovely multicolor toning whose strongest tints are silvery blue and deep golden amber. Essentially superb, we have appended our confirming Premium Quality pointer so as to confirm our assessment along with CAC. Most of the critics have done good work during the years analyzing Proof Barber Quarters. As for ourselves, we have guided the public mind in these auctions hopefully soundly and with few errors. If it were not for the fact that nearly all the Barber Proofs we see have minor problems of one sort or another, we might have grown calloused. But then this fabulous Registry Set surfaces to remind us that such coins are still packing in the bidders whose observation and experience leads them as if by instinct to the very finest; we trust that those who attend the sale will look back to a flawless sessioon in all senses of the word. Pop 17; 19 finer (PCGS # 5696) .
Estimated Value $2,600 - 2,700.
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Lot 1187
1911. PCGS graded Proof 68 Cameo PQ CAC Approved. Only 543 minted. Wonderful rainbow toning. Probabably the finest graded. When it comes to eye-popping contrast, perhaps no other second-decade 20th century silver Proof issues have greater consistency in this regard than those struck in 1911. The near perfect Proof specimen offered here illustrates this point, being fully original on each side and displaying a predictably dramatic deep cameo contrast over each side overlaid by the heavenly color. The strike is unapologetic with no areas of weakness or flaws whatsoever. After very close examination with magnification, this cataloger wonders why this coin did not grade even higher! There are no marks, scratches, hairlines, spots, or flaws of any sort that can serve as future identifiers on this fine specimen. The toning is what everyone will remember. This one is worth a close review by the true connoisseur of Barber coinage and then a firm bid to confirm its remarkable quality. Pop 4; none finer at PCGS (PCGS # 85697) .
Estimated Value $13,000 - 15,000.
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Lot 1188
1912. PCGS graded Proof 67 Cameo CAC Approved. Only 700 minted. A hint of gold tone. A boldly original, mostly white-surface coin whose high-end depth of detail in the strike complements the equally fresh cameo mint bloom. Far in advance as the luster goes, so too are the designs: Fully struck in all areas with pinpoint detailing on the key high points suggesting careful die preparation and equal attention to the minting process that produced this remarkable specimen.

No review of the Barber Quarter series would be complete without a tabulated list of those that are within shouting distance of "finest known" -- or even an untabulated one -- of the three best examples graded by PCGS (once unstarred actors before the advent of the third-party Registry system which made them headline famous) during the past few years it has come to be known just how few there are in Proof 67 and above. To be precise: Pop 2; 1 finer in 68CAM (PCGS # 85698) .
Estimated Value $6,000 - 6,400.
The Larry Shapiro Collection; Number One PCGS Registry Proof Barber Quarters Set.

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$6,958
Lot 1189
1912. PCGS graded Proof 66 Cameo. Only 700 struck. A hint of light gold tone. For the date, a cameo frosted, naturally toned gem with deep strike plus fabulous luster on both sides. Attractively struck as well, it is we most humbly say, offering the bidder keen-edge detail in all areas including the sometimes tricky high points.Pop 6; 3 finer, 2 in 67, 1 in 68 (PCGS # 85698) .
Estimated Value $2,600 - 2,800.
The Larry Shapiro Collection.

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Lot 1190
1913. PCGS graded Proof 65 Cameo. Only 613 struck. Mostly white with a hint of gold tone. A simply exquisite Gem, the prevailing snow white surfaces gyrate to-and-fro with full, star-bright textured luster on the cameo devices, offset by almost black-hole deep mirrors in the fields. Struck with systematic exactness throughout, there is no need to gloss over the central part of the design where a somewhat rounded impression is often left by the dies on the business strikes. This lovely Proof coin is decidedly bold in the centers and elsewhere. Pop 3; 11 finer, 6 in 66CAM, 4 in 67CAM, 1 in 67+CAM (PCGS # 85699) .
Estimated Value $1,500 - 1,600.
The Larry Shapiro Collection; Number One PCGS Registry Proof Barber Quarters Set.

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Lot 1191
1913-S. PCGS graded Good-4. CAC Approved. Complete date and clear mint mark; all, lightly toned. Since there were only 40,000 minted, the 1913-S has the distinction of being one of the rarest Barber quarters in the set. Actively pursued by collectors (PCGS # 5666) .
Estimated Value $1,200 - 1,300.
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Lot 1192
1914. PCGS graded Proof 66 Cameo PQ CAC Approved. Only 380 struck. Lovely gold tone. A naturally toned nearly superb Gem Proof with admirable luster and surfaces that are free from all but the most trifling hairlines (visible only under magnification). In the period in which this coin was made, the early 20th century, weak strikes predominate on business strikes. That is why collectors often chose to buy a Proof when the opportunity presented. It is a pleasure to report a strike with preciseness only now and then found even on the second decade Proofs of the 20th century. Pop 8; 2 finer in 67CAM (PCGS # 85700) .
Estimated Value $4,400 - 4,800.
The Larry Shapiro Collection; Number One PCGS Registry Proof Barber Quarters Set.

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Lot 1193
1915. PCGS graded Proof 67 Cameo PQ CAC Approved. Only 450 minted. Wonderful rainbow toning on both sides. Luminous, mirror luster and first-rate frosted detail for this difficult issue helps to elevate the lovely toning right into your field of vision. The surfaces are exquisite. The toning sublime. The grade, tied for Finest at PCGS. In other Proofs without this wealth of toning spectrum, the strike is almost more important than the mint bloom or color. Just the same, sheer boldness of strike furnishes the consignor something to crow about and something for bidders to appreciate when establishing an amount the bid. We expect strong competition.

(This superb toned Proof has the appearance of a coin from an original Proof set stored in the mint tissue wrappers for the better part of a hundred years. In the early 1990s, a group of several dozen original Proof sets, now NGC or PCGS certified and sold individually, hit the market. They made quite a splash and were quickly absorbed by eager buyers.) Pop 2; none finer at PCGS (PCGS # 85701) .
Estimated Value $14,000 - 15,000.
The Larry Shapiro Collection; Number One PCGS Registry Proof Barber Quarters Set.

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Lot 1194
  1892 to 1916-D. The Complete Dan Holmes Collection of Barber Quarters. The Key Dates grade as follows: 1896-S Abt Good 3 with rim cut; 1901-S Abt Good 3; 1913-S Good 4. The balance of the collection will grade Abt Good to Very Good. All housed in a deluxe Whitman album.
Estimated Value $3,000 - 4,000.
The Dan Holmes Collection.

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$4,830
Lot 1195
1916. NGC graded MS-65 FH. Only 52,000 minted of which merely 10,750 examples are estimated to have survived. A nice white coin. The standing Liberty quarter was "intended to typify in a measure the awakening interest of the country to its own protection," Mint Director von Engelken said at the time the coins first appeared early in 1917. "In the new design Liberty is shown a full-length figure, front view, with head turned toward the left, stepping forward to the gateway of the country …The left arm of the figure of Liberty is upraised, bearing the shield in the attitude of protection, from which the covering is being drawn. The right hand bears the olive branch of peace."

A sparkling satin-white specimen whose bold cartwheel luster runs rampant across both sides, satiny yet with matte-like surface texture, almost velvety. One of few Gem examples of the rare date struck during the first year of the design type, and a notable rarity from its inception. The addition of a Gem Full Head 1916 Standing Liberty quarter to your collection marks you as an aficionado of the finest order. We imagine heavy bidding competition will be on tap when this beauty makes its presence known on the auction block, especially when one considers that so few of the date have received a finer grade within the FH designation. Quality and rarity combine here in an outstanding manner.

The distribution of the 1916 Standing Liberty quarter may have been somewhat similar to the 1916-D dime. It seems that not many were saved as novelties, perhaps because the much more plentiful 1917 issues were released about the same time and absorbed the demand. Whatever the reason, relatively few were saved. The present sale has many attractions in the field of 20th century coins; this 1916 will certainly be in the front rank. Pop 44; 22 finer, 2 in 65+, 17 in 66, 3 in 67.
Estimated Value $20,000 - 25,000.
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$25,300



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