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    1839-O Quarter Eagle, MS63
    Popular Obverse Mintmark Type

    1839-O $2 1/2 MS63 NGC. CAC. Low Date, Close Fraction, Breen-6153, Variety-28, R.4. Neither fish nor fowl, the Classic Head coinage of the late 1830s occupies a middle ground between the perceived-rare Capped Head gold designs that precede it and the perceived-common Liberty Head pieces that follow. These short-lived designs provide fertile ground for new collecting challenges in underrated series.
    The Low Date, Close Fraction 1839-O quarter eagles are somewhat scarcer at R.4 or "very scarce" than their High Date, Wide Fraction counterparts, which are nonetheless scarce at R.3. This example, as some others of the Low Date, Close Fraction variety, is struck in medal turn rather than coin turn. Deep reddish-gold surfaces are well-struck overall but missing the high-point details on the upper hair curls of Liberty. The surfaces are lightly abraded, consistent with the Select grade. MS64 is as good as it gets for this Obverse Mintmark issue. Census: 12 in 63, 5 finer (10/11).(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.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    November, 2011
    8th-10th Tuesday-Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 14
    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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