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Lot 33359

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Type Coin
Title Lot 33359
Date 1834
Country U.S.
Service Catalog # 5382
Denomination 25C
Description 1834 25C PR66+ S Ultra Cameo NGC. CAC. B-2, High R.7 as proof. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green. A total of 286,000 quarters were minted for circulation in this calendar year, but only a tiny handful were struck as proofs. Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia states that "at least six proofs" exist for the 1834 B-2, B-3, B-4, and B-5 die marriages, adding "2 proofs seen" for the 1834 B-1 quarter. Rory R. Rea, Dr. Glenn Peterson, Bradley S. Karoleff, and John J. Kovach Jr., authors of Early Quarter Dollars of the United States Mint 1796-1838, cite four specimens of the 1834 B-2 in proof, but they enumerate no proof examples for any of the other 1834 varieties. Two proof 1834 B-2 quarters are pedigreed to "Col." E.H.R. Green and Eric P. Newman -- the present coin, and another that Newman donated to Washington University in St. Louis (circa 1952-4). The Washington University coin was then sold to New Netherlands Coin Co. in New York, and later into the Norweb Collection. A third example exists in the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution. The fourth example is part of the "King of Siam Set," about which Newman and Kenneth E. Bressett wrote in The Fantastic 1804 Dollar (1962). With one example in the Smithsonian Institution and another part of the King of Siam Set, only two of the four 1834 proof coins known are individually available to collectors -- the present "Col." Green-Newman example and the Green-Newman-Norweb coin, graded PR67 NGC. This Newman Collection coin, graded PR66+ S with the added Ultra Cameo designation, is the only proof 1834 B-2 with either the Cameo or Ultra Cameo designation, although it is rated one point behind the PR67 NGC non-Cameo coin cited above. It is our opinion that, because of the Ultra Cameo appearance, this coin has the most eye appeal of the four examples known. This Newman specimen is also the plate coin in Early Quarter Dollars of the United States Mint, page 262. On the facing page a wonderful photo and caption appear, of the coin "resting on the photo box just before turning on any camera lights." Rea added, "Nice Cameo look!" Rea photographed this piece and all the Newman Collection quarters in 2008, prior to the publication of Early Quarter Dollars of the United States Mint. Many of the beautiful, high-quality Newman quarters offered in the current Platinum Night session are plate coins in that reference. The Newman Collection quarter photos were also included in a special leather-bound edition of Early Quarter Dollars, which sold out quickly. The present coin is the Browning plate coin and was part of the Browning reference collection of early quarter dollars. This is a stunning, magnificent early proof coin. Liberty and the eagle are exceptionally well-struck and awe-inspiring, imparting exceptional contrast against the deeply mirrored fields. The obverse offers peripheral toning running from greenish-gold to blue to deep gold, complementing light gold over the balance of that side. The reverse is a lighter gold and silver overall, with a thin, eye-catching layer of amber and blue at the dentils and rim. Only one bidder can win, but we recommend that all make time to view this incredibly eye-appealing proof Capped Bust quarter dollar. 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 @ $20.00; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. Realized $235,000.00 . Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions,

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