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    1839-O Classic Two and a Half, AU50
    HM-2, Medal Die Alignment

    1839-O $2 1/2 HM-2, R.4, AU50 NGC. This piece exhibits the so-called medal die alignment, i.e., the reverse is rotated 180 degrees from normal. As Daryl Haynor notes in United States Classic Gold Coins of 1834-1839, all HM-2 coins seen exhibit medal alignment of the dies. Haynor suggests the incorrect die alignment was caused by inexperience on the part of Philos B. Tyler, newly appointed Chief Coiner at the New Orleans Mint in late 1839, when the HM-2 variety of the quarter eagle is thought to have been struck.

    This About Uncirculated example displays pleasing olive-gold patina with light wear over the well-struck devices. A few old scratches are partially worn away in the left obverse field, as well as on the reverse under the eagle's left (facing) wing. No other blemishes are seen, and visual appeal is pleasing.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 765182, Base PCGS# 7701)

    Weight: 4.18 grams

    Metal: 89.92% Gold, 10.08% Copper


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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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