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Attractive 1855-C Quarter Eagle, MS61

1855-C $2 1/2 MS61 PCGS. Ex: Dingler. Variety 16-I. The mintage of the 1855-C quarter eagle was a minuscule 3,677 coins, the lowest mintage of any C-mint quarter eagle (the estimated mintage of 2,988 examples for the 1843-C Small Date, Crosslet 4 is included with the 1843-C Large Date, Plain 4). The 1855-C saw a second reuse of the reverse die, held over from the 1852 and 1854 C-mint issues. At the time that Doug Winter published his 1998 reference on Charlotte gold, there was only a single Mint State coin in his Condition Census--"an MS60 or better" that the author had not seen. Ten years later NGC shows 14 specimens graded in Mint State, ranging from MS60 to a single MS64 as the finest (the Harry Bass specimen). PCGS adds four MS61s and three MS62s to that total--and as always, allowances must be made for duplicates and crossovers.
Rich orange-gold patination covers both sides of this MS61 offering. The design elements are sharply struck, especially Liberty's portrait. The eagle's legs reveal the typical softness. Lustrous surfaces display evenly distributed minute marks that help to limit the grade. Nevertheless, an overall attractive coin.
From The Grand Lake Collection.(Registry values: P2) (NGC ID# 25J5, PCGS# 7775)

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