||1838 25C MS64+ NGC. CAC. B-1, R.1. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green. The year 1838 saw the transition from the earlier Bust quarters to the new Seated Liberty design. The 366,000 Bust quarters were all struck from a single die marriage. Proof examples of the 1838 quarter were also struck, and at least two examples survive today. Many high-grade 1838 quarters survived over the years, perhaps because they were saved in greater quantity as the last of their kind. The 1838 obverse die shows star 7 pointing to Liberty's lower forecurl. Less than half of the 8 is directly under the lowest hair curl. The reverse die was used previously for the 1837 B-2 variety. The 25 is relatively low, with the 2 noticeably lower than the 5. The eagle has no tongue. The feather and olive stem are over the right half of the 2 and C. The Newman Collection example, graded MS64+ by NGC, was struck from the latest state of the dies, Die State c as given in Early Quarter Dollars of the United States Mint. Clashing appears on the obverse, and numerous die cracks appear on each side. This piece is the plate coin in Early Quarter Dollars of the United States Mint and is one of the top 10 certified 1838 business strikes. Medium gold patina graces Liberty, while bright blue and gold adorns the obverse periphery. Save for a dollop of scattered gold here and there at the rims, the reverse is almost completely a light to medium silver color. Census: 17 in 64 (1 in 64+), 6 finer (10/13). Ex: "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate; Partnership of Eric P. Newman / B.G. Johnson d.b.a. St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.; Eric P. Newman @ $2.50; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $15,275.00 . Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions, ha.com.