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Lot 3995

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Type Coin
Title Lot 3995
Date 1871
Country U.S.
Denomination 25c

1871 25C Standard Silver Quarter Dollar, Judd-1096, Pollock-1097, R.7, PR67 NGC. CAC. Design. This Longacre Seated design features an Indian princess representing Liberty. Her left hand steadies a globe, while her right holds a Liberty pole with cap on top. Flags appear in the background. The Standard Silver reverse expresses the denomination and depicts a wreath of cotton and corn. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. Commentary. This magnificent obverse design was created by James Longacre sometime prior to 1869 and put into coin (pattern) form by William Barber. These pieces were sold as complete sets from half dime to silver dollar. The only complete set that remains is in the Smithsonian. Until recently a complete set remained in the Eliasberg Collection, but it was broken up and sold individually. This design also exists in copper and aluminum. Two other pieces are pedigreed on the website and a third piece is listed in the PCGS Population Report. Physical Description. Original gray-rose toning is seen in the centers and is surrounded by a wide margin of deep blue toning on each side. The toning is especially vibrant because of the depth of mirroring in the fields. Light die striations can be seen in the fields. The strike is full throughout; indicating die opposition was not a problem for this obverse/reverse combination. In spite of diligent searching, we have been unable to locate any flaws, Mint-made or otherwise, that would help pedigree this beautiful piece. From The Eric P. Newman Collection.

From Newman I (Heritage Auctions, 4/2013), lot 3995, realized $10575.00. Image and description courtesy of Heritage Auctions,

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