1860 LIBERTY SEATED 25C, NO MOTTO PR65
GEM WHITE PROOF. ONLY 1,000 STRUCK.
1860 LIBERTY SEATED - TYPE 2 25C
In 1860, a hot air balloon, dubbed “The Queen of the Air”, soared two thousand feet over the city of Boston. On board was a man with a camera who would take the first aerial photograph in US history. The photographer, James Wallace Black, began a tradition that was almost immediately incorporated by the US military during the Civil War. This 1860 quarter recalls a photograph currently owned by The Met.
The proof Motto Seated Quarter series commenced in 1866 alongside its business strike counterpart. The type was produced all years through the end of the Seated series with the exception of 1874, during which only coins of the Arrows type were delivered. Survivors are prized as high-grade representatives of P-mint issues that are rare in the finer Mint State grades, or as type coins.