|The Isabella Quarter Dollar is the first and only commemorative quarter dollar in the classic commemorative series. The Isabella Quarter Dollar is the first United States coin to feature the image of an actual woman, Queen Isabella of Spain, and is also the first United States coin to feature the image of a foreign monarch. Compared to the 2.5 million Columbian Halves produced for the same exposition, the mintage of Isabella Quarters is ultra low with only 24,214 coins produced. This example of the 1893 Isabella Quarter Dollar has been graded MS64PL by NGC. While it is not difficult to find MS64 graded Isabella Quarters on the market, finding them with nice prooflike fields and with the PL designation from NGC is much less common. This coin is quite attractive in hand, though the look is not fully appreciated in a single set of images. The piece is darkly toned in a deep steel blue to dark grey color. But when the coin is tilted into the light, the color shows much lighter and the coin shows sky blue and golden colors, particularly on the reverse. At other angles, the piece looks a bit frosty and shows some light cameo contrast between the fields and the devices. Some light hairlines are present on the reflective fields, but they are relatively minor. No significant hits or other marks are noted. An eye appealing deeply toned example of the Isabella Quarter with the PL designation by NGC.
Because of the difficulty in capturing the overall look of the coin in a single image, I have also included a short high-definition video of the coin towards the bottom of this listing in an attempt to give you a better idea of what this coin will look like in hand. Please note that you may need to adjust the video quality to 1080p and may need to increase the size of the video to full screen in order to see the coin in maximum detail.