Proof 1897 Quarter Eagle
The 1897, along with the 1898 and 1899, is the most
consistently well produced and attractive Proof Liberty Head quarter eagle from
the 19th century. Specialist John Dannreuther goes as far as calling this era
the “pinnacle of [the] Mint’s gold Proof coinage.” Just a single die pair was
used to strike all 136 Proof quarter eagles in 1897, and 70 to 80 examples have
survived. We are thrilled to offer a desirable Proof-66 Ultra Cameo (NGC) piece
1183 of our June 2020 Santa Ana Auction.
This piece offers profound Ultra Cameo contrast between the
satiny devices and highly reflective fields. The strike is full throughout with
razor sharp definition to even the most intricate design elements. Rich
orange-gold surfaces display overall smooth Gem preservation. Traces of
original patina near the borders adds to the desirability of this exceptional
Given its high level of workmanship and relative
availability, the 1897 is one of the most popular Liberty Head quarter eagles
for Proof type purposes. However, specimens at the Gem level are notably
elusive, and become even more so when they feature Ultra Cameo contrast. Just
20 coins have been graded finer than this Proof-66 Ultra Cameo by NGC. It is a
beautiful specimen, suited for an advanced cabinet of Liberty Head gold or 19th
century Proof type.
1897 quarter eagle will be offered as part of the Francesca Collection of
United States Gold Coins in our June
2020 Santa Ana Auction, featured alongside Vermont coppers from the Q. David
Bowers Collection, the Dazzling Rarities Collection, and many other rarities.
The sale is currently available for bidding and viewing on our website www.StacksBowers.com or you may contact
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