||1838 $2 1/2 AU55 NGC. CAC. Breen-6146, Variety 19, R.2. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green. No subtype in the quarter eagle series has a portrait of Liberty that changes as often in appearance from year-to-year as those seen in the six-year Classic Head era. Viewed side-by-side, the various yearly representations look more like sisters than a single Miss Liberty. The 1838 rendering is perhaps most similar to 1834 (nicknamed Booby Head by Breen, but that is both uncomplimentary and unfair). This Choice About Uncirculated example has a wonderful natural patina with gleaming orange luster in the protected areas and olive overtones over the fields and devices. The strike is bold with minimal wear or abrasions. Ex: "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate; Partnership of Eric P. Newman / B.G. Johnson d.b.a. St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.; Eric P. Newman @ $17.50; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $1821.25. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.