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 third.
The coin: 1913 Barber
quarter, Proof 68, $7,050
The story: Most 20th
century Proof Barber quarter dollars have an all-brilliant finish with
deeply mirrored fields and generally little contrast between fields
and devices. Proof Barber quarter dollars have demand from multiple
areas of collecting. Many collectors want a single example
representing the type, while others are assembling complete sets of
the Barber dimes, quarter dollars and half dollars in both Mint State
This Numismatic Guaranty Corp. Proof 68 1913
quarter brought $7,050, right in line with recent sales of comparable
coins at auction. Of the original mintage of 613 Proof Barber quarter
dollars, at least 440 have been certified by either PCGS or NGC,
although that number undoubtedly represents multiple submissions of
the same coin. Among those certified, this ranks as one of the finest
known with a lone NGC Proof 69 example graded finer.
Like many of the other Barber coins in the Gardner Collection, this
one is characterized by spectacular multicolor toning with rich colors
at the rims giving way to more delicate champagne coloration at the centers.
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