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    Magnificent 1839-O Quarter Eagle

    1839-O $2 1/2 MS64 NGC. Low Date, Close Fraction. Breen-6153, McCloskey-B, R.4. The 1839-O has a mintage of just 17,781 pieces, and is noteworthy as the first New Orleans quarter eagle, as well as the only Classic O-mint issue. The facility did not coin half eagles until 1840, by which time the Gobrecht Liberty Head designs had fully replaced the Kneass-designed Classic types. McCloskey-B is the tougher of the two known die pairings for the 1839-O, which are readily distinguished by the spacing of the denomination fraction. Perhaps McCloskey-B is scarcer because the reverse die shattered early, with at least eight different die cracks observed. The dies are aligned 180 degrees from their usual "coin turn" alignment. The present intricately struck near-Gem has dazzling luster and no relevant marks. Its eye appeal is formidable. Census: 5 in 64, 0 finer (2/06).(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
    April, 2006
    6th-7th Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 10
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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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