Browning 1 ~ Date with 4 centered between bust and dentils.
PCGS reports three 1804 Draped Bust Quarters certified as MS64, with none finer. Additionally, the Kern-Gardner-Speir specimen, currently certified by NGC as MS65, should be considered as PCGS MS64. (I bought the Kern-Gardner-Speir 1804 25c in 2001 along with another dealer as partners. At the time, it was graded MS63 by PCGS, but looked more MS64 even then.) Ranking these four, The Hayes-Hamelberg and this Bareford-Pogue coins are strong contenders for Finest Known, followed by the Kern-Gardner-Speir NGC MS65. Unfortunately, the James A. Stack coin, last sold by Stack’s at $253,000 (7/2008: lot 1458), has a deep, unnatural scratch in the left obverse field, which should preclude it from consideration as a MS64. Additionally, there appears to be one exceptional example of Browning-2, last sold by Stack’s in their section of Auction’80, which was described as “Gem Brilliant Uncirculated” and may be in contention. This is the only MS64 1804 Quarter included in the CAC census, with none finer.
PCGS Certification #06551582
- Michael F. Higgy (Numismatic Gallery [Abe Kosoff] 9/1943: lot 323)
- (Numismatic Gallery [Abe Kosoff and Abner Kreisberg] ANA 1946, 8/1946: lot 412)
- Harold S. Bareford (Stack’s 10/1981: lot 323); (Superior 1/1995: lot 486)
- Dr. Gene Sherman
- Pogue Family (Stack’s Bowers “D. Brent Pogue Collection, Part 1”, 5/2015: lot 1052 @ $211,500 as PCGS MS64).