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    Rare 1838-C Quarter Eagle, MS62

    1838-C $2 1/2 MS62 PCGS. Variety 1-A, R.3. One die pair was used to strike 1838-C quarter eagles. All show strong repunching on the mintmark, which was first placed too low (Doug Winter, Gold Coins of the Charlotte Mint, 1838-1861). Winter notes that late die states are known; these show two to three die cracks on the reverse. This MS62 specimen is an early die state, as it is without such cracks.
    The 1838-C, with a mintage of 7,880 coins, is usually found in Very Fine and Extremely Fine grades. It is rare in About Uncirculated and very rare in Mint State. Winter estimates 80 to 90 pieces extant in all grades. The certified population data seem to point to a somewhat higher number of survivors, as PCGS and NGC combined have graded about 135 pieces. It is likely that a number of these, however, represent resubmitted coins. In any event, 15 pieces fall into the Mint State range, mostly MS60 to MS62. No Gem-quality pieces have been seen.
    This coin displays bright yellow-gold surfaces with subtle greenish hues. The fields are partially prooflike, and yield noticeable contrast with the motifs when the coin is rotated beneath a light source. A better-than-average strike shows sharp definition on the design features, including nearly full detail in the hair about the ear, which is typically weak. The radials show in some of the stars, an unusual trait for this issue in which the star centers are normally weak. A few handling marks are scattered about, another characteristic of the 1838-C. These do not, however, significantly detract from the overall eye appeal. Population: 2 in 62, 2 finer (12/07).(Registry values: P3)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# E2MP, PCGS# 7697)

    Weight: 4.18 grams

    Metal: 89.92% Gold, 10.08% Copper

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2008
    9th-12th Wednesday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 15
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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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