1893 25C Isabella MS (PCGS# 9220)
The January 2013 Americana Sale
Lot Number: 12689
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A crisply defined Gem with vibrant luster and a deep coating of blended electric-green and rose toning across both sides. A well preserved specimen with minimally marked surfaces, as expected for the grade. The Isabella quarter, the only commemorative coin of this denomination in the 1892-1954 classic series, did not appear until most buyers had acquired for $1 each the Columbian half dollars already on sale. When the quarters were available they were sold only in the Women's Building and at $1 each, obviously not a good value in comparision to getting a coin with twice the face value for the same amount of money. The result is that today this is a key issue.