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Lot 2772

1856-S $2.50 Liberty. PCGS graded MS-65. A spectacular bold strike with even light gold toning. Only 72,120 pieces struck. An elusive coin in simply outstanding condition, this very pleasing grade certainly makes it one of the top 1856-S Quarter Eagles known to exist. A razor-sharp strike comes with complete obverse stars and hair curls of Liberty. In the same way, everything is bold at the eagle's shield and claws, wings and neck feathers. Coruscating mint frost impresses us with its lovely orange-gold glow. That said, few Mint State coins in any numerical grade retain the lovely surfaces and quality available here. Far too many, if truth be told, show handling marks or evidence of cleaning. Examination with a glass finds nothing to fault, just a trivial line in the frost extending north from the last star on the right. A bold tall S mintmark delineates this as a product of the San Fransciso Mint. When all is said and done, the coin is a delight for the specialist of the series, and a coin which any numismatist feel privileged to own. Pop 3; 1 finer in 67 (PCGS # 7781) .
Estimated Value $17,000 - 18,000.

Realized $25,300

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