||1818/5 25C MS67 S NGC. CAC. B-1, R.2. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green. Quarter dollar production at the Mint was halted after 89,235 coins were struck in 1815, and remained dormant until the first quarters were produced in 1818. However, additional coinage was anticipated in 1815, as a second obverse die was created. The Mint engraving staff punched an 8 over the 5 on the unused die, and created this variety. This Browning-1 die variety is also an important Guide Book variety. The obverse die was lapped and reused for B-3, although most of the previous 5 was removed during the resurfacing, and those coins are considered 1818 Normal Date coins. For the year, 10 quarter dollar die varieties were used to strike 361,174 1818-dated quarters. Only three Mint State 1818 quarters and one proof have reached the numerical grade of MS67. Those coins include this 1818/5 and the 1818 proof also in the present sale, one 1818 Normal Date at NGC, and another at PCGS. This Eric P. Newman specimen of the 1818/5 Overdate is the only example to receive the additional Star designation for eye appeal, and it is considered the finest certified 1818 quarter. This is a prize for the connoisseur. For the historically minded numismatist, and that likely includes everyone involved in the hobby, this important piece is the Early Quarter Dollars of the United States Mint plate coin; it is also plated in the 1925 Browning early quarter book, and in Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia. This spectacular Capped Bust quarter exhibits delicate reddish-gold toning at the central obverse within a frame of sky-blue toning, changing to light amber along the border. The reverse is light silver-gray at the center, with rings of gold, magenta, and blue near the border. A dark toning line from the top of the left facing wing to the first S in STATES is an important provenance marker that confirms this coin's previous plate appearances. 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 @ $10.00; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $176,250.00 . Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions, ha.com.