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Sale 78

January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP


Barber Quarter Dollars
 
 
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Lot 1100
1892. PCGS graded MS-65. Lovely blue obverse toning and a frosty, bold gem. Initial year of the Barber design, noted Mint Engraver Charles E. Barber's most famous issue is that of the 1892-1916 Barber coinage.

Barber's obverse was a mirror image of the Morgan dollar head, with most of Ms. Anna Willess Williams's hair cropped off and the rest modestly concealed within her enlarged cap. A plain wreath replaced the assorted vegetable matter in the brim; IN GOD WE TRUST was moved above, now that the Latin motto would appear on the eagle's scroll.

The Barber reverse harked back to that of 1804, copying Robert Scot's adaptation of the Great Seal of the United States, though this time without Scot's blunder in positioning arrows and olive branch in the wrong talons. In the quaint but precise heraldic terminology, as explained in the Breen encyclopedia: "an eagle, barbed and langued [= with feathers and tongue depicted], displayed, in a glory of 13 stars; on his breast the arms of the United States, argent, six pales gules, a chief azure; in his beak a scroll inscribed E PLURIBUS UNUM; in his dexter claw an olive branch of 13 leaves, in his sinister claw a sheaf of 13 arrows." (PCGS # 5601) .
Estimated Value $900 - 950.
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$1,234
Lot 1101
1893. NGC graded MS-64. Lovely rainbow toning. Frosted and well struck. Nearly gem quality. Pop 67; 32 finer, 26 in 65, 4 in 66, 2 in 67.
Estimated Value $450 - 500.
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$734
Lot 1102
1896-S. NGC graded Good Details. Scratches, Environmental Damage. Popular key date.
Estimated Value $300 - 350.
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$329
Lot 1103
1900. PCGS graded Proof 66 PQ. CAC Approved. Wonderful rainbow toning on both sides. Only 912 struck. Mirror smooth fields and impressive originality on the sharp Gem Proof. If you have ever seen a multi-rocket firework display with colorful powder flashing by ignition, you will be on familiar terms with the blinding iridescence of this wonderful colorful gem. All minute detail fully evident on both sides. Pop 23; 7 finer, 6 in 67, 1 in 68 (PCGS # 5686) .
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.
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$3,055
Lot 1104
1901. NGC graded Proof 67 Cameo. Only 813 minted. A superb white Cameo Proof. We start with the devices, which are sharply struck on obverse and reverse as is the standard for just about any Barber Quarter Dollar minted on the Philadelphia Mints hydraulic coining press used to strike Proofs. The silvery luster on both sides is full with a somewhat brilliant texture though there is much stronger cameo frostiness on the devices than on the issues struck in 1902-04 with their "all brilliant" dies. Pop 13; 8 finer, 4 in 67 Star, 4 in 68.
Estimated Value $3,500 - 3,800.
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Lot 1105
1903. PCGS graded Proof 62 PQ. CAC Approved. Only 755 struck. A nice white coin (PCGS # 5689) .
Estimated Value $450 - 500.
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$764
Lot 1106
1909. PCGS graded Proof 63 Cameo. CAC Approved. A hint of light toning. Only 650 minted. Pop 3; 41 finer (PCGS # 85695) .
Estimated Value $650 - 700.
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$852
Lot 1107
1911. NGC graded Proof 68 Ultra Cameo. Fully white ultra cameo gem proof. Only 543 struck. A keen-edged specimen whose gorgeously preserved surfaces are stark white. The white on black contrast between mirror field and frosted devices is truly impressive. Even close examination under a strong light fails to reveal any marks or other possible Registry Set impinging problems. Mintage of Proof Barber coinage gradually toward the end of the series. Just over 500 were struck in 1911 (see above), marking this as is the third lowest production of the type. This is tied with two others for the finest examples thus far certified by NGC as Ultra Cameos. Pop 3; none finer at NGC.

Historical Note: in 1911, New York City police introduced a new prosecutor's tool: latent-fingerprint evidence, to prove Caesar "Charley Crispi" Cella's presence during a burglary. He was convicted.
Estimated Value $6,000 - 7,000.
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$9,988
Lot 1108
1914. NGC graded Proof 68. Golden obverse toning. A fantastic looking coin. Only 380 struck. The fields are deeply reflective and each side is covered in rich toning. The obverse is primarily amber gold with splashes of dusky lavender, while the reverse has lavender to dove-gray toning dappled about. Magnification reveals utter perfection in the detail, surface integrity, and glint from light falling on the deep mirrors. Not only is this coin one of the finest 1914 Proofs known, it also stands out for its aesthetic appeal, almost what you would say is award-winning beauty! Pop 7; 3 finer in 68 Star.
Estimated Value $6,000 - 7,000.
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$6,486






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