Images courtesy of Ira
& Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.
Breen 6152 - High, curved date
Breen 6153 - Low, straight date (see above)
PCGS MS-64. Ex - Bowers &
Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II",
March 15-17, 2001, Lot 45, "Breen-6152, High date, Wide
fraction" sold for $24,150.00 Tied for finest certified
PCGS MS-64 (#6581227).
Offered by Hanks &
Associates, Inc. for $35,000 in the September 20, 1999 issue of Coin
PCGS MS-63 (illustrated
above). Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles,
Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 668, sold
for $13,800.00, where
it was described (in part) as follows: "An outstanding, well struck
and frosty mint specimen. A late die state with a trio of well defined die
cracks on the reverse."
NGC MS-62. Ex- Heritage
Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale"
October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7497, illustrated, sold for $6,612.50 From the Violet Bancroft Collection
PCGS MS-62. Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W.
Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot
130, illustrated, sold for $9,775.00 Purchased from Don Quiggins, November 4, 1972
NGC MS-62. Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s,
"Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001,
Lot 8840, plated, sold for $6,612.50
PCGS AU-58. Ex - Heritage
Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale",
August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7156, illustrated, sold for $2,760.00
NGC AU-58. Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer
2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8839,
plated, sold for $2,070.00 From the Dr. Robert W. Dingle
NGC AU-55. Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The
Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 430, "Breen-6153",
illustrated, sold for $1,610.00
EF-45. Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles,
Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 669, sold
for $1,380.00, where
it was described (in part) as follows: "Close fraction, large arrows.
EF-45. Here is a choice coin of this important obverse mintmark style. The
surfaces have minor hairlines, as seen on virtually every gold coin of the
era. Sharply struck on all but the uppermost curls on Liberty, and the
reverse is bold throughout. Only two pairs of dies were shipped as
the branch mint in New Orleans began striking coins in earnest in 1839.
This die pairing is rarer than the open fraction, small arrows variety,
and even better this coin is a late die state of the reverse, with a sharp
die crack through the N of UNITED, upper leaf point, into the field below
the eagle's wing, then a sharp right turn into the eagle's lowest tail
feather, out the upper arrowhead to the rim through R in AMERICA. Another
die crack is noted from the rim through the left side of the first A in
AMERICA, to the eagle's neck, and another short crack from the rim to the
left wing of the eagle. Struck with the reverse die rotated 180 degrees
from normal, as seen on some of this rare issue."
ANACS Net EF-40, AU Details, Cleaned. Ex - Heritage Numismatic
Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May
31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8838, not plated, unsold
PCGS EF-45 (illustrated
below). Offered on eBay by Winthrop Carner (#1278009109) with a Buy
It Now price of $1,050 and a closing date of September 30, 2001
The 1839-O Quarter Eagle is
generally available in all circulated grades, including About
Uncirculated. True Mint State examples are scarce but not
rare. The finest examples graded by PCGS are 5 MS-64's.
"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