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    Choice AU 1839-C Classic Two and a Half

    1839-C $2 1/2 AU55 NGC. Recut 39, Variety 3-C, McCloskey-C, Breen-6150 R.3. This is an outstanding example of this scarce Charlotte mint issue. The 1839 issue is far more obtainable than the 1838 date in the Classic Head type, thus the collector who seeks a coin with the Charlotte mintmark on the obverse should consider this piece. Only 18,140 pieces were struck and although somewhat obtainable in lower grades, the 1839-C is truly scarce at this grade level and finer. Two obverse dies were used for this year, one with a defective 9 date punch and the other with a repunched 9. Years ago the latter was catalogued as a 9 over 8 overdate. In his book, Douglas Winter estimates a surviving population in all grades to be 165-175 pieces. The example offered here is superior to most 1839-C quarter eagles offered with fewer than 25% attaining grades of AU or finer. Jeff Garret and Ron Guth in their book Encyclopedia of U.S. Gold Coins 1795-1933 noted 140 auction appearances since 1991 with an average grade of 49.6. The medium orange-gold surfaces on this coin deepen significantly to a pronounced reddish hue around the margins. A bit softly struck, as usual for the issue. This is an excellent opportunity for the connoisseur to obtain a beautiful example of early Charlotte gold.(Registry values: P5)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 25G4, PCGS# 7699)

    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
    May, 2007
    9th-12th Wednesday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 9
    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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