The following post is pulled from Coin World editor Steve
Roach’s Market Analysis column in the July 14 issue.
Heritage’s auction of the Eugene H. Gardner Collection on June 23 and
24 brought nearly $20 million and was highlighted by hundreds of
popular collector coins in high grades. Many of these silver coins
were characterized by beautiful toning that resulted in rich
kaleidoscopes of color. Among the series that Gardner collected in
depth were Charles E. Barber’s quarter dollars of 1892 to 1916.
Coin World is highlighting three examples that combined
spectacular color and rarity.
Below is the first.
The coin: 1901-S Barber
quarter dollar, MS-67 CAC, $258,500
The story: The
1901-S Barber quarter dollar is called the “King of all Barber
quarters” and is a tough coin to locate in nearly all grades. Even the
most worn examples graded Fair 2 approach $2,000. The Gardner example
is one of two coins that Professional Coin Grading Service has graded
Mint State 67, with another one certified at MS-67+, and a sole MS-68
piece that is the finest certified.
Heritage that lone MS-68 example brought $550,000 at a 1990 Superior
auction. It later sold at Bowers & Merena Galleries’ March 2010
Baltimore Auction for $327,750.
The Gardner Collection’s
coin is notable both for its nearly flawless surfaces, described in
the catalog as, “blanketed in vivid shades of apple-green, russet,
violet, and gray toning that complements vibrant mint luster
Gardner wrote that this coin exhibits, “A
mesmerizing kaleidoscope of colors covers the surfaces of this coin.
More than having just casual eye appeal, this coin commands the eye’s
attention. I can lose myself in it for long stretches of time. So
beautiful it is almost impossible to look away. Great rarity, great
strike, great luster, and magnificent colors. This coin has it
Graded MS-67 by PCGS with a green Certified
Acceptance Corp. sticker signifying quality within the grade, it
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