||1842-D $2 1/2 AU53 NGC. Variety 3-F. A single die pair was used to strike 4,643 quarter eagles at the Dahlonega branch mint in 1842. As one would expect of such a low-mintage issue, examples are scarce in all grades. NGC has certified six submissions in AU53 and 21 coins finer (8/14). Natural green and orange-gold color provide this piece with a seldom-seen level of originality and eye appeal. Liberty's hair curls and bun are well-struck and LIBERTY is full. Along with grade-consistent friction, the eagle exhibits above-average detail, though the olive leaves are somewhat flat. Scattered marks are generally shallow, and a small planchet flaw (as made) occurs between the first and second arrowhead. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $6462.50. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.