||1854-D $2 1/2 -- Improperly Cleaned -- NGC Details. AU. Variety 18-N. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green. The Georgia branch mint struck a meager 1,760 coins in 1854, making it one of the most sought-after issues from that facility. Only the 1855-D and 1856-D claim lower productions totals. Doug Winter (2013) estimates that 15 to 19 coins survive in About Uncirculated condition, with five to seven coins in Mint State. This representative exhibits a decidedly above-average strike with full radial lines on the stars and mostly clear dentils on both sides. The eagle's left (facing) leg and talon show typical indistinctness. Magnification yields some wispy hairlines from the noted cleaning and a few grade-consistent marks. 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 @ $175.00; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $5875.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.