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    One of Only Two 1847-D Quarter Eagles Graded MS64 by PCGS

    1847-D $2 1/2 MS64 PCGS. Variety 9-M. (per Doug Winter's second edition and revised attribution system). The only variety known of this issue. Struck from a somewhat later die state with just slight remnants of earlier digits protruding from the bases of the 47 in the date.

    RARITY INFORMATION: The 1847-D is just a bit less available than the 1846-D in terms of overall rarity. In higher grades, the 1847-D is quite rare but it is seen more often than the 1843-D or the 1846-D. An estimated eight to ten Uncirculated pieces exist. This includes two PCGS MS64 coins: the Green Pond collection piece offered here, and a spectacular example in the Duke's Creek Collection that is, in this cataloger's opinion, the single finest Dahlonega quarter eagle of any date that is currently known.

    STRIKE: This coin exhibits an extremely sharp strike with both sides having no weakness at either the center or the border. Most of the quarter eagles in the Green Pond Collection are remarkable for their above average strikes, and this 1847-D is very possibly the best struck example of this date that we have seen.

    SURFACES: There are some very faint, inconsequential hairlines (not from cleaning) on the obverse. Both sides are remarkably clean with almost no marks that break the surfaces. A mint-made die scratch can be seen from outside star 2 through the middle of star 3 and into the rim near star 4.

    LUSTER: The obverse is frosty with a slightly grainy texture that becomes slightly reflective as it is tilted toward a light source. The reverse is more frosty with a patch of die polish below the eagle's right wing.

    COLORATION: Bright yellow-gold color can be seen on both sides. While we personally prefer the dark, crusty hues seen on the other 1847-D in the Green Pond Collection, the intense color on this high grade piece will be greatly appreciated by most viewers.

    EYE APPEAL: This is a remarkably well-preserved Dahlonega quarter eagle. It is extremely well struck with crisp luster, attractive bright color, and very clean surfaces. It is unlikely that another PCGS MS64 Dahlonega quarter eagle of any date will be available to collectors in the near future, making this a very important piece for the high grade type (or date) collector.

    COMPARABLES: An NGC Mint State 64 example brought $23,000 in the Bowers and Merena June 2000 sale. We sold an NGC MS63 as lot 4680 in our 2003 FUN Sale, where it brought $17,250.

    PEDIGREE: Ex: 2001 FUN Sale (Heritage, 1/01), lot 8082, where it realized $32,200; Mark Hurst Collection; Harry Bass Collection (Bowers and Merena 10/99), lot 405, where it sold for $34,500; Stanley Kesselman; Gaston DiBello Collection (Stack's 5/70), lot 139. The plate coin in the second edition of the Winter book and listed in the current Condition Census as the second finest known. (#7746) (Registry values: P2)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 25H7, PCGS# 7746)

    Weight: 4.18 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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

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    Auction Dates
    January, 2004
    7th-10th Wednesday-Saturday
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