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1834 $2 1/2 Classic MS66 Prooflike NGC. Breen-6138, Small Head R.2. The Small and Large Head varieties of this premier Clas...

2006 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Auction #394

 
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Extraordinary 1834 Classic Quarter Eagle MS66 Prooflike
1834 $2 1/2 Classic MS66 Prooflike NGC. Breen-6138, Small Head R.2. The Small and Large Head varieties of this premier Classic Head issue are actually quite similar in size, but are distinguished by the curl above the L in LIBERTY being considerably less rounded on the Small Head subtype. The Small Head variety is by a modest margin the scarcer of the two.
The sparkling Premium Gem representative offered here is very well struck for a Classic quarter eagle, with complete plumage on the eagle and good definition on Liberty's hair curls. The noticeably striated fields are bright and reflective with a "halo" of frost about the portrait that is reminiscent of a few Morgan dollar issues produced at the Carson City mint. There are only the slightest abrasions on either side, one in the field out from the eagle's beak that we mention solely as a point of reference. Quite a bit of care was obviously taken in producing most Mint State examples, as it not unheard of for a survivor to possess prooflike qualities. NGC has certified six pieces with the prooflike designation, with this extraordinary MS66 being the finest (11/05). (PCGS# 77692)

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Classic Head Quarter Eagles Die Variety Guide

The series of Classic Head quarter eagles issued from 1834 to 1839 includes 28 different individual die varieties. To date nothing has been published regarding each of the varieties. This guide provides identification and photos of the individual varieties with an of rarity for each variety.

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