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Sunnywood's P-Mint Barber Quarters - 4th

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About This Set: Like other collectors of his time, the famed Louis Eliasberg often collected proofs as his examples of Philadelphia issues. In those days, it was common for collectors to consider proofs as "better" examples of an issue than their mint state counterparts. (Similarly, even earlier generations of collectors did not consider mintmarked coins as separate issues to be collected, and so they collected date sets.) Of course, nowadays we consider proofs and business strikes to be two distinct issues, and we collect them separately just as we do mintmarked issues. Therefore, while the spectacular and legendary Eliasberg collection included a complete set of Barber quarters by date and mintmark, he had no business strikes from the Philadelphia mint except for the 1916, as that was the only year from 1892 to 1916 in which proofs of this design were not struck. Here then, just for fun, is a display of "P" mint business strikes - including all the coins Eliasberg was missing 1892 to 1915. Registry buffs - note that this set contains only P-mint coins; Sunnywood could have scored an even higher ranking by including coins from other mints.

Sunnywood's P-Mint Barber Quarters

Image Item PCGS # Date Denom Grade PCGS # Pop PCGS # Pop Higher Pop Pop Higher Comments
1892 5601 1892 25C MS68 2 1 21
Type I Reverse. A magnificently toned prooflike business strike of the highest order. The quarter dollars of 1892 were manufactured at the Philadelphia, New Orleans and San Francisco facilities. Each location produced coinage bearing the original adopted reverse (Type I), as well as a revised version that appeared later in the year (Type II). The reverses are distinguished in several ways; among them is the visibility of the middle serif of the "E" in UNITED. On the Type I reverse, the eagle's wings are slightly smaller, and the serif protrudes visibly above the left-facing wingtip. On the Type II reverse, the eagle's wings are slightly enlarged for a more dramatic effect, and the serif is now covered. One can remember the sequence by the phrase, "Now you see it, now you don't." In general the Type I reverse issues are less readily located than Type II. The Sunnywood Collection also includes a spectacularly beautiful 1892 PCGS MS66 with the Type II reverse, a "must see" coin that can be found in our "additional pieces" supplemental Registry Set.
1893 5604 1893 25C MS65 30 16 5840
Like many issues in this series, the 1893 quarter is more difficult in gem than is generally realized, particularly if one is looking for a PQ gem with nice surfaces and attractive original toning. According to our notes, Sunnywood has examined at least eight different MS65 and MS66 examples since 2001, with the present gem being the finest we have seen (and in our opinion, MS66 quality). All 1893 quarters from all Mint locations have the Type II reverse. The Type I design never appears again after 1892.
1894 5607 1894 25C MS66 11 1 265
This meticulously produced, carefully preserved, and beautifully toned specimen epitomizes the quality and eye appeal that collectors strive for. We also owned another 1894 PCGS MS66 with beautiful original toning, which was placed (along with many other duplicate Barber quarters from Sunnywood) in the collection of our friend Dr. Steven Duckor. It was so hard to choose which one to keep, and which one to part with !! A rare treat from Heritage's 2005 ANA Signature Sale, Lot 6053.
1895 5610 1895 25C MS67 2 1 52
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.
1896 5613 1896 25C MS67 6 8
A beautiful example of this earlier Philadelphia issue that is a lovely match to the superb 1895 qurater of the same grade. The colors of the two coins are quite similar, although the 1895 has superior luster and presence. From the collection of Dale Friend, a superb set of originally and beautifully toned pieces which took many years to assemble, and was sold off in August 2007.
1897 5616 1897 25C MS66 18 7 3727
An attractively toned premium gem, here is an issue not found in the Eliasberg Collection. The same can be said of all the P-mint business strikes from 1892 through 1915. Eliasberg collected only the proofs for those years in which proofs were made. The practice of considering proofs and business strikes to be separate issues evolved after the famed Eliasberg Collection was completed. Heritage, 2006 FUN Signature Sale
1898 5619 1898 25C MS67 7 2 103
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]
1899 5622 1899 25C MS66 14 3 3212
Like many dedicated collectors, we are never content with our sets, and there is always the fascination of searching for upgrades. That means that it is not enough to own an MS66. One must have seen or owned as many of the MS66's as possible, in order to find the best one. That's why a coin like this is such a pleasure; we know it is among the very best MS66's in existence. Beautiful original surfaces and attractive toning that likely accrued during decades of undisturbed storage mark this outstanding gem. Heritage, Dallas Signature Sale (10/29/06:957).
1900 5625 1900 25C MS66 17 15 3225
Type III Reverse. This "bright white" lustrous example from the turn of the 20th century features the third reverse for the series. Just as the reverse was redesigned during 1892, resulting in two types of quarters from each Mint that year, during 1900 another hub revision occurred. Each successive hub revision made the eagle's wings slightly larger. The revised "Type III" reverse is easily recognized by the left-facing wingtip protruding beyond the top of the "E" in UNITED towards the rim. From our friends at Pinnacle Rarities.
1901 5628 1901 25C MS66 15 3 229
Beautiful tones ranging from salmon and coral to deep burgundy distinguish the obverse of this premium gem, while the reverse features lesser hints of these colors. Like all Barber quarters dated 1901 and later, the reverse is Type III (see notes under 1900-P quarters). Heritage, Long Beach Signature Sale (2/9/06:967).
1902 5631 1902 25C MS67 3 6
This coin was until recently the only MS67 so graded by PCGS. While we do not normally prefer white coins, this example is so extraordinarily well struck, lustrous and virtually flawless, that even the MS67 grade seems inadequate. From the extraordinary Foxfire Collection type set.
1903 5634 1903 25C MS66 5 1 207
The P-mint quarters from 1901 to 1905 are probably underrated in gem. The 1903 is possibly the toughest in the group, particularly at this high level. While we would prefer a more colorful example, this coin is the finest we have encountered thus far.
1904 5637 1904 25C MS66 11 1 236
"Premium gem" has become the accepted verbal designation for coins graded MS66, and that fits here. Untoned and well struck, this coin sports flashy luster when viewed under a suitable light source. However, as we love beautifully toned coins, Sunnywood recently acquired a gorgeously colored and lustrous MS65 that will soon be imaged in our "Additional pieces" Registry set. Sometimes it is difficult to choose between a higher grade white coin, and a lower grade beautifully colored coin !!
1905 5639 1905 25C MS66 15 3 326
One of three PCGS MS66 specimens that have been owned by Sunnywood, this coin edged out the other two by having the cleanest surfaces, including Miss Liberty's cheek. It also features a nice strike and attractive toning. However, we will remain on the lookout for the definitive specimen - the lone PCGS MS68, which we have never encountered except on the pop reports !!
1906 5642 1906 25C MS66 31 4 6118
The obverse of this 1906 quarter offers light original color over strongly lustrous surfaces. The reverse shows less toning, undoubtedly due to the type of album in which the coin was once stored. There is some weakness in the strike on the reverse, most noticeable in the horizontal shield lines on the dexter (right-facing) side of the coin. The upper right corner of the shield, along with the eagle's dexter talon and correponding arrow feathers, are often the areas of weakest detail on the reverse of this series.
1907 5645 1907 25C MS67 3 2 103
It's always a thrill to own a pop 1/0 coin, at least until another one is made !! Regardless of the holder, however, this coin is just "all there" and was a natural choice for Sunnywood's set. One carbon spot on the reverse is the only distraction; otherwise there is very little to quibble with in terms of strike, luster, clean surfaces, and overall appeal.
1908 5649 1908 25C MS67 2 92
After owning three different PCGS MS66 examples of this date (and not having been satisfied with any of them), it was a pleasure to find this unimprovable superb gem. The 1908-P does not generally come with flashy luster; the same can be said for the 1910. This coin is about as good as it gets !! Ex Dale Friend.
1909 5653 1909 25C MS66 19 6 5416
A nice PQ coin that is dominated by attractive and colorful toning, this 1909 quarter has the hallmarks of long storage in an album or envelope. The toning is darkest at the perimeter, and includes concentric rings of orange and green hues, somewhat reminiscent of our 1915-D quarter.
1910 5657 1910 25C MS67 3 5
A technically superb example previously part of the John C. Hugon Collection. While this coin has somewhat muted luster, Barber expert David Akers points out that it is typical for 1910 quarters and halves to be lacking in flash, while other dates such as 1911 and 1912 may be quite flashy. No-one knows what was done differently at the Mint in each year to produce such characteristics. From Legend Numismatics.
1911 5659 1911 25C MS66 17 14 6129
This flashy white 1911 quarter rates a "hands down" MS67 on the obverse, but is unfortunately held back by one prominent hit on the horizontal shield lines of the reverse. Nonetheless, a more desirable specimen would be extremely difficult to locate.
1912 5662 1912 25C MS67 2 51
Here is a candidate for finest known. The superb surfaces of this pop 1/0 gem are bursting with fresh luster. The obverse is framed by a peripheral charcoal patina around the rim, which highlights the bright centers. NGC has also done one coin graded MS67, which we have not seen.
1913 5664 1913 25C MS67 2 81
This showstopper was featured in the collections of Glenn Church (as PCGS MS66) and John Hugon (as PCGS MS66). Previously ex David Akers, Akers/RARCOA 1991 Chicago Sale, (1991:446, $8250) uncertified. The most recent auction appearance was Heritage, ANA 2005 Platinum Night Sale (7/28/05:10182, $25300) as PCGS MS67.
1914 5667 1914 25C MS67 2 6
We preferred this example to the other PCGS MS67, which was offered by Pinnacle earlier in 2007; as well as the sole NGC MS67, offered by David Lawrence Rare Coins in 2006. Therefore, we consider this coin to be a candidate for the finest known honors for the issue. The P-mint business strike have always taken a back seat to the proofs and the branch mint business strikes. However, at the MS67 level, all of the P-mints become a great challenge, and present with lovely eye appeal.
1915 5670 1915 25C MS66 26 1 7914
A premium gem with light gold and ivory toning, this coin is the finest example we have found thus far. This is not surprising, as there are no examples graded higher at PCGS; but we won't stop looking until we've seen all the other MS66's too !!
1916 5673 1916 25C MS67 5 22
Here is an exceptionally clean Barber quarter blanketed in soft tones of amber and orange, with additional hints of mint green on the obverse, and purple and rose on the reverse. This coin was good enough to displace from our set the Eliasberg 1916-P. (The Eliasberg coin has interesting historic value as the only P-mint business strike in the Eliasberg Collection; his other P-mints were all proofs.)