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    1839-O Two and a Half, MS64
    Conditionally Rare Southern Gold Coin
    First New Orleans Gold Issue
    Obverse Mintmark

    1839-O $2 1/2 MS64 NGC. Breen-6153, Variety 28, R.4. Low Date, Close Fraction. The date is positioned lower in the field, the fraction is very close, and the arrowheads are malformed. Doug Winter (2006) writes: "The 1839-O quarter eagle is a historically and numismatically significant issue. It was the very first gold coin produced at the New Orleans Mint. It is the only Classic Head issue of any denomination from this mint and the only New Orleans quarter eagle with the mintmark located on the obverse." From a small mintage of 17,781 pieces, this is one of just five examples in Choice condition at NGC with a single submission finer (2/15).

    The design elements showcase above-average detail for the Southern facility with slight softness toward the centers. All but stars 6 through 9 are full. Frosty luster radiates over warm yellow-gold surfaces that feature surprisingly few marks, as the issue generally comes with numerous abrasions even in high grades. Die cracks occur throughout the reverse. Opportunities to acquire examples as fine as the present coin are few and far between, making this Choice piece an important offering for the advanced branch mint gold specialist.
    From The Big Sky Collection.(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 Info

    Auction Dates
    April, 2015
    22nd-26th Wednesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 15
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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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