A monster 1898 quarter, with superb surfaces and deep beautiful original color. The reverse is particularly compelling, but the obverse stands out beautifully as well. This coin appeared at auction in a first generation NGC MS67 holder, and was regraded MS68 by NGC shortly thereafter. However, the Sunnywood Collection is 100% certified by PCGS (among other reasons, we appreciate PCGS's consistency and accuracy, and we prefer to have all matching holders), so we endured the one point downgrade to get the coin into a PCGS holder. Ah, the games we must play!! Perhaps someday the coin will be accorded the MS68 grade by PCGS as well. [NGC MS68]
The 1898 Quarter Dollar is a great date among the Barber series. It is common, it often comes nice, and there are ample supplies of Mint State examples in a variety of grades. The most frequent Mint State grade is MS63, followed by MS62, then MS64. Gem examples are slightly less common, but even the populations in MS65 and MS65 are large enough to keep prices at a reasonable level. MS67 examples become quite rare and they are exceeded only by a couple of MS67+'s and a single PCGS MS68. At these upper levels, the eye appeal on these coins is extraordinary.
Heritage 11/2004:6549 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30423, $15,275