Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ Oct. 30 Rarities Night auction held during
the Whitman Baltimore Expo was led by the 1853 Collection, but also
included a variety of other numismatic items with fascinating stories.
Here is one of three coins from the auction we're profiling in this
week's Market Analysis.
1893 Isabella Commemorative quarter dollar,
Proof 65 Cameo
The 1893 Isabella commemorative quarter dollar is the only quarter
in the classic 1892 to 1954 commemorative series. Consensus is that
just over 100 Proof versions were minted and distributed, although the
lack of official U.S. Mint records on the issue has left researchers
in doubt on many points. Walter Breen wrote that the issue was
“shrouded in mystery.”
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The limited Proof production seems to have enjoyed a
decent survival rate and examples turn up at auction with some
frequency. This one, graded Proof 65 Cameo by Numismatic Guaranty
Corp., is one of just two that have been designated as either Cameo or
Deep/Ultra Cameo by NGC and it sold for $9,400. The price might be
considered a bargain, as another NGC Proof 65 example without a Cameo
designation brought $15,275 at a Heritage auction earlier this year.
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Roach's Whitman Expo Market Analysis: