1839-D $2 1/2 MS62 PCGS....
Two-Year Obverse Mintmark Subtype
Of course, those two traits make the 1839-D quarter eagle a doubly popular coin and a two-year subtype in the series. This is the Variety 1-A according to Winter: The olive branch stem is weak and positioned just over the upright of the D in the denomination. The leaf pairs are also unconnected to the stem, similarly a product of die lapping. The 1-B variety shows a strong branch stem, and both reverses share a common obverse (hence the numbering scheme). At one time the P-, D-, and C-mint coins were considered 1839/8 overdates, but they are viewed now as the product of defective date punches. In MS62 this coin is one of a half-dozen so graded at PCGS, with two in MS63 and two in MS64 (5/08). The surfaces have a consistent, attractive antique-gold coloration, with a few stray marks but fewer than expected for the grade. The strike is well executed. There are several light "bars" through the ear of Liberty, die clashing caused by the horizontal lines of the reverse shield.
From The Charleston Collection.(Registry values: P4) (NGC ID# 25G6, PCGS# 7700)
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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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