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    1838-C MS 63 PCGS. This is the second finest example of a Charlotte quarter eagle we have ever seen--regardless of date--trailing only the incomparable Elrod Collection 1842-C (later graded MS 65 by NGC). The present example is as sharply struck as one could possibly imagine any Classic Head quarter eagle with every detail on the obverse and reverse completely defined. The obverse is slightly prooflike with superb, deep yellow-gold and rose toning; the reverse tends a bit more toward frostiness and has lighter rose and yellow-gold hues. While there are a few light marks in the fields and a tiny (removable?) spot on the left edge of the shield, this is a truly spectacular coin that must be regarded as one of the highlights of the North Georgia Collection.
    This is the finest known 1838-C quarter eagle. It was last sold as lot 566 in Stack's June, 1994 auction and it was earlier lot 1130 in Abe Kosoff's Thomas Melish sale of April, 1956. It realized $33,000 in the aforementioned Stack's 1994 sale and should bring considerably more today. In addition, this is the plate coin in Doug Winter's revised edition of Gold Coins of the Charlotte Mint, 1838-1861.

    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, 1999
    6th-8th Wednesday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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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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