||1871-S $2 1/2 MS64 NGC. CAC. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green. Olive overtones and strong mint luster play across the smooth surfaces of this near-Gem quarter eagle. Just 22,000 pieces were minted, yet this San Francisco date is more available in Choice or better Mint State than some higher-mintage issues. NGC has seen six MS64 examples and two MS65 coins, with none finer (8/14). This representative shows some areas of prooflikeness and is boldly struck everywhere but the eagle's leg, which is a bit soft on the feathers and shield. Just one or two tiny ticks are seen on the attractive, frosted fields. Liberty's portrait is sharp and unmarked. Ex: "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate; Partnership of Eric P. Newman / B.G. Johnson d.b.a. St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.; Eric P. Newman @ $15.00; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $7637.50. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.