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    Refreshingly Original 1839/8-D Classic Quarter Eagle

    1839/8-D $2 1/2 AU 50 NGC. Some confusion exits about the identity of the underdigit on the obverse die of the 1839-D quarter eagle. Breen labels the digit as an 8 in his Encyclopedia, hence the 1839/8-D designation on the insert of the present coin. In his book Gold Coins of the Dahlonega Mint: 1838-1861, however, Winter states: "...the 9...was improperly cut and it looks as if the date were 1839/8. This is incorrect and this has been improperly labeled as an '1839/8' overdate for many years."
    As an issue, the 1839-D quarter eagle is one of the most popular D-mint quarter eagles. It is the first coin of this denomination to bear the D mintmark, and it is the only D-mint issue of the Classic design. The original mintage of 13,674 pieces is also tantalizingly low. Far superior to the often encountered VF or XF representative, this coin is free of extensive wear and sizeable abrasions. The focal features are, however, typically struck for the issue, but the deep orange-gold color is suggestive of originality.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 25G5, PCGS# 7700)

    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
    November, 2000
    16th-17th Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 245
    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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