Superb Gem Proof 1893 Quarter Eagle to be Featured in our Spring 2019 Baltimore Auction

Proof quarter eagle mintages began to rise in the 1880s and finally crested 100 pieces in 1887 for the first time since 1860.  A relatively steady rise in output followed through the 1890s, with 106 Proof examples struck in 1893. Specialist John Dannreuther explores this issue in-depth in his new 2018 reference United States Proof Coins, Volume IV: Gold, and notes that just a single die pair is responsible for the entire mintage. The obverse die is easily distinguished from the circulation-strike dies by the positioning of the 1 in the date very close to the dentils. Called Rarity-5 by Dannreuther, just 50 to 60 examples of the Proof 1893 quarter eagle remain, the vast majority of which are in grades of Proof-65 and lower.

Our Spring 2019 Baltimore Auction will feature a truly exceptional example of this issue, certified Proof-67+ Ultra Cameo (NGC). It ranks among the very finest survivors known, with just three graded finer by NGC through Proof-68 Ultra Cameo. The surfaces are virtually flawless, showcasing deep mirrors and strongly frosted devices across each side.  The overall orange-gold surfaces are accented by traces of original patina that is most prominent in the peripheries. 

This Superb Gem Proof will be a featured highlight of our Official Auction of the 2019 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring Expo. If you would like to showcase your coin or collection alongside this impressive rarity, call 800-458-4646 or e-mail to speak to a numismatic expert today.​

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