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    1855-C Liberty Quarter Eagle, MS65
    Low-Mintage Branch Mint Key
    Tied for Finest Certified

    1855-C $2 1/2 MS65 NGC. Variety 1. A paltry mintage of 3,677 quarter eagles was accomplished by the Charlotte Mint in 1855. That production total is the smallest from the North Carolina facility for any individual date in the series (the 1843-C Small Date coins represent only part of the mintage for 1843). Probably no more than 100 1855-C quarter eagles are extant in all grades and Mint State specimens are very rare.

    Doug Winter wrote in a 2009 article about the 1855-C: "There are two really great pieces accounted for: the Bass coin and an example in a private collection graded MS64 by NGC and owned by dealer Harry Laibstain back around 2000-2001." This attractive Gem representative is the Laibstain coin Winter was referring to and it is tied with the Harry Bass coin, both now graded MS65 by NGC, for finest-known example of this issue. The Bass coin realized $97,750 in our 2012 FUN Signature sale, lot 4762, as MS65 NGC. This incredible Gem ranks not only among the finest examples of this key date, but among all Charlotte quarter eagles. We suspect it will be the subject of tremendous interest from branch mint gold specialists.

    Bright rose-gold surfaces appear on each side of this outstanding Liberty quarter eagle. The upper stars and the eagle's legs and talons are incompletely struck, as always. However, Liberty's curls show strong detail, as do the olive leaves. A wire rim encircles most of the obverse. As seen on all examples examined by us, a small die break, resembling a cud, shows on the reverse rim from 7-8 o'clock. Luminous luster flows over semireflective, minimally marked fields and overall eye appeal is tremendous. This coin should find a home in the finest collection or Registry Set. Census: 2 in 65, 0 finer (3/18).(Registry values: P2) (NGC ID# 25J5, PCGS# 7775)

    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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