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Lot 33357

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Type Coin
Title Lot 33357
Date 1837
Country U.S.
Service Catalog # 5356
Denomination 25C
Description 1837 25C MS66+ S NGC. B-1, R.4. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green. Among the 252,400 Bust quarters struck for 1837, only four die marriages were known to Ard W. Browning in 1925 when he published his reference work. Six die marriages are known today, including the B-5, rated R.5, and the B-6, rated R.8 with only two pieces known. Three obverse dies are known for 1836. The obverse die for B-1 was also used on the B-6, showing star 7 pointing between Liberty's two forecurls. The left edge of Liberty's lowest curl is over the center of the 7, and a center dot appears on the neck. Four reverse dies are known for 1837. The reverse die for 1837 B-1 was a "workhorse" die that was also used for 1835 B-8, 1836 B-1, 1836 B-5, 1837 B-3, and 1837 B-4. On this reverse, the right side of the olive stem is aligned with the right side of the C in 25C. The denomination is positioned relatively high. The eagle has no tongue. The arrow feather is over the right side of the 2 in 25C. The arrowheads are small and are somewhat distant from the edge. The Newman Collection example, graded MS66+ S by NGC, was struck from Die State a as outlined in Early Quarter Dollars of the United States Mint. The obverse is cracked from the rim opposite star 2, continuing through star 1 and the bust, over the date and curls, to stars 13 and 12 to the rim. Another die crack develops from the rim through the 7, intersecting the first crack, continuing up through the clasp and Liberty's curl, and ending in Liberty's neck. The reverse is cracked from the D in UNITED through STATE to the rim above the E in STATES. This piece is the Early Quarter Dollars of the United States Mint and Browning plate coin and is from the Browning Collection. It is the finest certified of the die marriage and the finest certified 1837 business strike quarter. Marvelous original patina is the highlight of this Premium Gem. A multicolored ring of color surrounds Liberty, ranging from russet and cobalt-blue to green and deep gold approaching the rims. The reverse displays a medium silver center with classic blue and gold peripheral toning. The quality of the strike, and the eye appeal throughout, are simply impeccable. Census: 8 in 66 (1 in 66+ S), 0 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 @ $3.00; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. Realized $47,000.00 . Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions,

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