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1893 Isabella 25C

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1893 Isabella 25C
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1893 Isabella 25C NGC PF64. Classic commemoratives in proof are rare, as proof coins were only made of a select few issues. This Isabella quarter is one of just 103 proofs minted as special mementos. These were the first 100 coins, and coins 400, 1492 and 1892.

The Isabella quarter was designed by Charles E. Barber, chief engraver at the time. Their issue was proposed by the Board of Lady Managers of the Columbian Exposition, and authority to coin these pieces was granted on March 3, 1893. The obverse features a portrait of Queen Isabella. The reverse shows another female model, supposedly meant to be a symbol of Woman’s industry.

The proofs were originally distributed in numbered envelopes. Unfortunately, most envelopes have now been thrown away, making identification of true proofs very difficult. The fact that the same proof dies were later used to strike prooflike business strikes makes identifying proofs very difficult.

The present coin is a wonderful coin, and a definite proof. A very strong strike and sharp rims highlight all the design features and confirm the proof status. The fields are highly reflective, although they lack the frost usually seen on proof coins of this era. This is common with these commemoratives, and seen on every known example. Lightly toned to various colors, this is a wonderful and rare proof Isabella quarter.



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