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Obverse of 1839-C Quarter Eagle     Reverse of 1839-C Quarter Eagle


1839-C 2 DOLLARS
OR QUARTER EAGLE

PCGS No: 7699, 97699

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 18,140
Proofs: 0

Designer: William Kneass

Diameter: 17.5 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 64.5 grains (4.18 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "C" (for Charlotte) above the date

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.

Varieties:
1839/8-C
1839 Repunched 39

Notes:
The finest examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-61's.

The finest "1839/8 C" example graded by PCGS is a single AU-58.

Significant examples:
NGC MS-61.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8836, plated, sold for $12,075.00

Recent appearances:
AU-58, Lightly cleaned, repunched 39.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5667, illustrated, sold for $3,450.00

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1235, illustrated, sold for $6,037.00

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 128, "Repunched 39", illustrated, sold for $11,500.00  From Superior's sale of the Gilhousen Collection, February 1973, Lot 125

PCGS AU-55 (illustrated above).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 666 at $5,060.00, where it was described (in part) as follows: "The surfaces show moderate handling marks, as always encountered on "C" Mint gold, but the devices show nearly complete design elements, even the upper curls on Liberty. Luster adheres near the stars and devices. This coin is well struck by the dies, but they reverse must have been lapped down, as the leaves show little evidence of their stems, and the arrows are joined to CA of AMERICA. This would appear to make this the second die used in 1839 (also used in 1838 at Charlotte), but the same die crack mentioned in Breen as the first reverse is present on this coin, down though the E of STATES."

PCGS AU-55.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7495, "Winter 2-B", illustrated, sold for $4,887.50

NGC AU-55.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7496, Recut Date, Winter 3-C", illustrated, sold for $4,370.00  From the Violet Bancroft Collection

NGC AU-55.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1236, illustrated, sold for $4,140.00

NGC AU-53 (illustrated below).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 667 at $3,910.00, where it was described (in part) as follows: "The dies were really suffering when this one was coined, the obverse has a bisecting crack from the second to the ninth star, through Liberty's face, and another crack up through the sharply recut 3 in the date. The reverse is even more sorry, where we find a heavy break through the first 2 in the denomination up through the eagle's beak into the field, and another crack just above the left wing of the eagle. This is the "common" die pairing of this scarce date."

PCGS AU-53.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2143, "Repunched 39" at $5,520.00

ICG AU-50.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 3942, illustrated, sold for $2,530.00

ICG EF-45.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 3943, illustrated, sold for $1,667.00

ANACS Net EF-40.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2144 at $920.00

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

"The PCGS Population Report, April 2004" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

Obverse of 1839-C Quarter Eagle     Reverse of 1839-C Quarter Eagle

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.