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'Sleeper' 1839 Classic Head Quarter Eagle, AU55

1839 $2 1/2 AU55 NGC. Breen-6148, R.3. The year 1839 is a historic one in U.S. numismatics. The New Orleans Mint was completed and struck its first gold coins, and Adam Eckfeldt, who was hired at the Philadelphia Mint in 1792, began working part-time after 25 years as chief coiner. The 1839 quarter eagle is, according to Garrett and Guth, "the sleeper rarity of the series." This is likely due in part to the absence of a mintmark, which leads many collectors to lump it with common P-mint coinage. Another possible reason is confusion over whether the issue is an overdate. Some authorities have called it an overdate, while Garrett and Guth say it was produced by a defective date punch. This piece offers lustrous green-gold surfaces with no singular impairments.(Registry values: P3) (NGC ID# 25G3, PCGS# 7698)

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May-Jun, 2007
30th-2nd Wednesday-Saturday
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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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