||1839 $2 1/2 AU53 NGC. Breen-6148, Variety 21, R.3. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green. Like all other genuine examples, this piece was struck from a defective die punch that caused the 9 in the date to falsely appear to be struck over an 8. The 1839 quarter eagle, with a mintage of 27,021 examples, is described thusly by Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth, writing in the Second Edition of their Encyclopedia of U.S. Gold Coins, 1795-1933: "The 1839 quarter eagle is the sleeper rarity of the series. Although the mintage of this date is three times as high as that of the 1838-C issue, there have been fewer 1839 examples graded than of any other date." This is a pleasingly smooth and well-detailed example, with light khaki-gold toning and occasional glints of original mint luster seen near the devices. There are no visually distracting surface flaws to be found on either side of the coin. Census: 10 in 53, 47 finer (8/14). 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 @ $15.00; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $2585.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.