1853 25C Arr & Rays, CA PR (PCGS# 85548)

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1853 25C Arrows and Rays Quarter PR66 Cameo NGC. Ex: P. Kaufman. The 1853 issues are considered the rarest and most desirable proof Seated Liberty proof. All denominations are rare, especially the quarter dollar and half dollar. The Kaufman specimen offered here is second finest of four or five certified proofs. Walter Breen recorded a proof mintage of five coins for each silver issue through the half dollar. However, it is not known where he obtained these figures. Breen also claims that the proofs were coined on March 3, 1853, on the strength of a comment made by Harold Newlin in 1883. Newlin claimed that the first half dimes with arrows were made on March 3, 1853. Since April 29 was the first coinage of record, Breen decided that the proofs of all denominations were made on March 3. David Akers published a brief Census in the Pittman catalog, which we have expanded as 10 years have passed since that sale. Seven different examples are listed, although one or two of these can be discounted as prooflike business strikes. Only four of the following seven pieces have been certified as proofs. 1. PR66 Cameo NGC. The present coin. Kaufman Collection. This piece does not match any of the following. 2. PR65 NGC. Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. (Bowers and Merena, 4/1997), lot 1454; Heritage (1/1998), lot 6782; David Lawrence (3/2005), lot 1522. In the Eliasberg catalog, Dave Bowers described this piece as MS64, prooflike, noting "possibly a candidate for 'proof' attribution." Since the time of that sale, it has been certified as a proof. 3. PR64 NGC. Jerome Kern Collection (B. Max Mehl, 5/1950), lot 1445; John Jay Pittman (David Akers, 5/1998), lot 1325; Bowers and Merena (8/1999), lot 141; Goldberg Coins (2/2002), lot 704; Superior (1/2004), lot 287. 4. MS64, prooflike. Thomas L. Elder; Norweb Collection (Bowers and Merena, 3/1988), lot 1594. Dave Bowers cataloged this as a prooflike business strike in the Norweb catalog, but a decade later Dave Akers included it in his census o
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