1878 25C PR (PCGS# 5579)

2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection Part II Signature Auction - New York #1190

  • Auctioneer:
    Heritage Auctions
  • Lot Number:
    33201
  • Grade:
    PR68*
  • Price:
    $25,850.00
Lot Description
1878 25C PR68 S NGC. Type Two Reverse. The Mint was gradually perfecting the art of proof coinage by the late 1870s, but few 19th century proofs can match the quality and eye appeal of the coin offered here. This incredible PR68 specimen displays undeniable elements of contrast, especially on the reverse, where the richly frosted devices seem to float on the deeply reflective fields. The patina is a familiar one, amber-gold in the obverse center, purplish-blue iridescence near the rim, while the reverse shows slightly less color, predominantly at the borders. The strike and preservation are equally impeccable. Struck in the year the Morgan (or "Bland," as it was known at the time) dollar was introduced, the 1878 proof Seated quarters were struck to the extent of just 800 coins. This coin is the sole finest certified of the issue at NGC, regardless of any other qualifiers (10/13) -- and the Star for superb eye appeal is absolutely justified. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
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