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Our next J&L Collection selection is a stunning 1893 Isabella quarter graded MS68+. on display at the ANA! This coin was struck for the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893 and depicts Isabella I of Castile who sponsored Columbus’ voyage to the New World. The head of the Board of Lady Managers, socialite Betha Palmer, wanted a woman to design the coin and hired sculptor Caroline Peddle. Unfortunately, the mint director had issues with Peddle’s design, and after delays and further disagreements she ended up resigning. Charles Barber begrudgingly took over the project, and derisively called the commemoratives “showy quarters”.


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