|1857 25C MS68 S NGC. CAC. Brilliant mint luster over amply toned, beautifully preserved surfaces is the hallmark of this phenomenal MS68 S 1857 Seated quarter. The 1857 is a high-mintage date, struck to the extent of more than 9.6 million pieces. But in such exceptional condition, this coin inhabits another dimension of quality that few coins ever approach. Running inward from the obverse rim are light rings of lilac, amber, ice-blue, and pinkish-gray in the centers, while the reverse shows scattered pinkish-gray, light blue, and amber patina. The strike is fairly sharp overall, despite softness on a few obverse stars and some of the eagle's details below the shield. A simply exceptional coin, numerically tied with two other examples, one each at NGC and PCGS -- but this is the only Star-designated piece (9/13). Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $35,250.00 . Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions, ha.com.