|1893 25C Isabella Quarter MS68 NGC. CAC. Although important celebrations such as the 1876 national centennial preceded Chicago's Columbian Exposition, that 1893 event was the granddaddy of World's fairs. The Columbian Exposition was organized to mark the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's voyage to the New World. Queen Isabella I of Spain and her husband, Ferdinand, the rulers of Castile and Aragon, sponsored the voyage, receiving land in the New World in exchange for financial backing. At the fair, George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla illuminated the event with Alternating Current, the post office issued their first commemorative stamps, and the U.S. Mint introduced their first commemorative coins. One of those commemoratives is this amazing Superb Gem Isabella quarter from the Eric P. Newman Collection. Designed by Charles Barber, the Isabella quarter pays tribute to Queen Isabella, and recognizes the Board of Lady Managers at the Exposition. The reverse design pays tribute to women's industry. Known today as the Isabella quarter, this piece has the denomination appearing as COLUMBIAN QUAR. DOL. Much like the fair itself, this piece shines brightly with its brilliant mint luster, extraordinary design definition, and alternating bands of toning that range from deep blue to russet, turquoise, and gold. Census: 9 in 68 (1 in 68+ S), 1 finer (10/13). Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $64,625.00 . Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions, ha.com.