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    1839-O Quarter Eagle, AU58
    Debut of Gold Coinage at New Orleans

    1839-O $2 1/2 AU58 NGC. Breen-6152, Variety 27, R.3. The New Orleans Mint began coinage operations in 1838 but did not produce gold pieces until 1839. The quarter eagle was the inaugural denomination in New Orleans for the yellow metal, and the 1839-O issue is the only O-mint gold piece struck with William Kneass' Classic Head design. The type coin appeal is thus significant. The present coin displays impressively sharp definition and satiny, bright yellow-gold surfaces. Slight friction on each side affirms the AU58 grade, although there is no loss of detail.(Registry values: P3)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 25G7, PCGS# 7701)

    Weight: 4.18 grams

    Metal: 89.92% Gold, 10.08% Copper


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

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    Auction Dates
    January, 2020
    8th-12th Wednesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 6
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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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