A remarkably fresh and lustrous example, this superb gem 1895 quarter brought a then unprecedented runaway price at the Heritage 2003 ANA Signature Sale (7/29/03:6995, $18975). This coin was formerly in the personal collection of numismatic titan Jim Halperin, who grades it MS68. Easily a candidate for finest known honors, as we have seen the other two PCGS MS67 coins, and neither compares with this one.
Ron Guth: The 1895 Barber Quarter is a relatively common coin, but still slightly scarcer than the middle-of-the-pack dates. Most of the certified examples fall into a grade range from MS62 to MS64. Gems are truly scarce, and anything better than MS65 is rare. The finest examples certified by PCGS include three at the MS67 level.
Like most Barber Quarters from the Philadelphia Mint, the 1895 comes well struck, with nice luster.