1868 LIBERTY SEATED 25C, MOTTO PR66
GEM PROOF. TIED FOR HIGHEST NUMERICAL GRADE AT PCGS.
NGC Graded Higher:
1868 saw the Battle of Beecher’s Island in eastern Colorado. The battle was between a small volunteer force of the US army and at least two hundred warriors from a combined Native American force of Arapaho, Cheyenne and Sioux. The fifty volunteers under Major George Forsyth were able to hold off the numerically superior attackers. This 1868 quarter recalls the battle named after Lieutenant Frederick Beecher who was one of the casualties during this US victory.
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.