1891 LIBERTY SEATED 25C, MOTTO PR67 Cameo
GEM WHITE CAMEO. ONLY 600 STRUCK. JUST 2 HIGHER AT NGC. CAC.
NGC Graded Higher:
In 1891, Pennsylvania saw the charter of its first free library after $225,000 for the venture was set aside by George Pepper in 1889. As soon as the library was announced, private libraries were outraged and filed lawsuits questioning the motives of opening such a facility. George Pepper had passed away by this time and his nephew, William Pepper, was overseeing the project. In the face of the lawsuit, William Pepper called on the city of Philadelphia to create a public library system. This proposition would eliminate any question of a free library’s motives. In 1892, the first branch of the Philadelphia Public Library opened and two years later, Pepper won his lawsuit and opened up the Free Library of Philadelphia, an institution that exists to this day. This 1891 quarter, minted in Philadelphia, recalls a charter that led the way for the city’s first public library system.