|128,800 proof Washington Quarters were minted in 1953. A very small percentage of those coins struck exhibit hand engraved tail feathers (designated as FS-901 in the Cherrypickerís Guide) which were carved into the dies by a Mint employee to strengthen the features on a die nearing the end of its life. To date, only
twenty (20) examples of the 1953 proof quarter with the hand engraved tail feathers have been graded and attributed by PCGS.
The coin offered here, a 1953 Proof Washington Quarter FS-901 Re-Engraved Tail Feathers graded PR65 by PCGS, is an overall nice example of the variety. The coin has wonderful deep mirrors and the reverse of the coin is spectacular. Only a half a dozen or so small toning spots on the obverse keep this coin from a higher grade. The coin has been professionally imaged by PCGS for their CoinFacts service. The coin was also holdered with the reverse of the coin facing forward which adds to the overall presentation of this ultra rare variety.
Again, only twenty (20) examples of this variety have been certified to date. For reference, in April 2012, a PR64 example of the variety sold at auction for $3,565. One of the PR66 examples sold in August 2012 at auction for $2,990. With the low population of this coin certified to date, donít miss your opportunity to add this variety to your collection!