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1840-D Liberty Head Quarter Eagle Obverse     1840-D Liberty Head Quarter Eagle Reverse

1840-D $2-1/2 DOLLARS

PCGS No: 7719


Circulation strikes: 3,532
Proofs: 0

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 18 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 64.5 grains (4.18 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "D" (for Dahlonega, GA) below the eagle on the reverse

Images courtesy of The Charlottegold Company

Significant examples:
PCGS AU-55 (illustrated above).  Sold as part of the "North Georgia Collection" of Southern Gold coins in January, 1999 by Heritage Numismatic Auctions.  Cracked dies.

NGC AU-50.  Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", June 5-7, 2000, Lot 2087.  Uncracked dies.  Withdrawn.

PCGS AU-50.  Ex - Julian Leidman, February 16, 1972 - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 134, illustrated, sold for $12,650.00  

NGC AU-50.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1199, illustrated, not sold

PCGS XF-40 (illustrated below).  Offered at the October 2001 Long Beach show by Mid-American Rare Coin Galleries

Early die states have a perfect obverse and reverse.  Later states of the obverse show a crack from the rim at 10:30, just missing the fifth star, into Liberty's forehead and across to her ear.  Later states of the reverse show a die crack from the rim, through the N of UNITED and into the eagle; another crack runs from the eagle's left wing through AM of AMERICA (just touching the left side of the M) to the rim.  Breen claims that these were all struck on November 23 from one of two pairs of dies shipped on February 6.  What happened to the other pair...should we be looking for a new die variety?

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

Only one variety is known for this year.

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 1840-D Liberty Head Quarter Eagle     Reverse of 1840-D Liberty Head Quarter Eagle

Images courtesy of Ron Guth