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Heritage Auctions, Inc.   |   Sale #1281   |   11 November 2018 Sort by Lot-NumberSort by Estimate
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Session I, Lot 3073





Estimate: -   |   Starting price: 1 USD Price realized: 27'600 USD
1927-S 25C MS64 Full Head NGC. The 1927-S is one of the great rarities of the Standing Liberty quarter series with Full Head definition; it is many times rarer than the 1916 and equally as rare as the sought-after 1918/7-S overdate. The 1927-S was struck during an era when the San Francisco Mint was having difficulty producing sharp strikes consistently. Standing Liberty quarter expert J.H. Cline wrote in an April 4th, 1991 Coin World article: {blockquote}"The San Francisco Mint facilities had more problems with the minting of the Standing Liberty, Mailed Breast quarter dollars than the Philadelphia or Denver Mints. The 1918-S, 1924-S, 1926-S and 1927-S quarter dollars are well-known examples of San Francisco pieces frequently lacking head, shield and toe detail."{/blockquote} The second-lowest production figure of the series (396,000 pieces) did not help the survival rate of Full Head 1927-S quarters. Cline, writing in Standing Liberty Quarters, fourth edition, estimates no more than 10 Full Head specimens survive at the Gem grade level, and PCGS and NGC's combined population shows only 46 Full Head pieces in all grades (3/14), a number that is possibly inflated by resubmissions. This near-Gem Full Head representative exhibits uncharacteristically strong definition on Liberty's head, chain mail, toes, and stars, as well as the reed and bead around the border. Minor softness is seen on the shield lines and rivets, the eagle's breast, and the leading edge of the left (facing) wing, though the overall strike is still exceptional. Close examination reveals fine die striations in the fields around the devices, likely from an attempt to remove clash marks, the remnants of which are still visible on the reverse. Frosty, virtually untoned luster blankets both sides, with a few faint golden accents seen periodically across the surfaces. An exceptional example of this characteristically weak key-date San Francisco issue. Census: 7 in 64 Full Head, 5 finer (9/18). Ex: Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2014), lot 5593.HID05401242017

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