The D. Brent Pogue Collection

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Lot 1066
Superb Gem Proof 1821 Quarter Dollar

Ex: Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr.
Only Proof Seen by PCGS

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1821 Capped Bust Quarter Dollar. B-5. Rarity-7 (as a Proof). Proof-67 (PCGS). This marvelous Proof quarter is another old friend. In 1997 we described it as follows, no different from what we would do today if we saw the coin for the first time:

“Every minute die detail is boldly defined. Well-centered with sharp border dentils on both obverse and reverse. With regard to strike and presentation, this is perhaps the ultimate Capped Bust quarter dollar. The obverse and reverse devices are frosty and lightly toned with a predominance of salmon and ivory. The pristine fields display complete fully-mirrored brilliance, lightly toned toward the central devices with pale blue and violet iridescence toward the rims. The mirrored surface of the fields is complete including between border dentils. A few very insignificant imperfections are noted with the aid of magnification. Otherwise, the surfaces are virtually flawless.

“The combination of frosted, lustrous devices with sharp mirrored fields provides an aesthetically stunning cameo appearance. Several Proof examples of this variety are listed in the literature. However, we cannot imagine that any specimen could be nicer than this.” Both dies are perfect without die cracks or clash marks. A short die scratch connects the left end of the scroll to the base of D. The obverse has a short curved die line from the lower bust tip.

This is an exquisite Superb Gem and an unparalleled acquisition opportunity for the connoisseur.

Provenance: From the Thomas Cleneay Collection (uncertain); our sale of the Louis E. Eliasberg Collection, April 1997, lot 1383.

Rarities Auction Accompanying The D. Brent Pogue Collection

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