1841-D $2.50 NGC AU58 CAC

The 1841-D is the fifth rarest Dahlonega quarter eagle. There are fewer than 100 known form an original mintage of just 4,164 coins. It is very rare in AU grades and extremely rare in Uncirculated with only four accounted for. The present example is one of the three best circulated 1841-D quarter eagles that I have seen and it is clearly the finest currently available to collectors. It shows lovely deep, natural green-gold color and this makes it an unusual coin as this date is almost never seen with original color. It is an early strike with no major cracks on either side and this is reflected by the overall detail which is exceptionally sharp for the issue. There are a few small marks seen, including a cluster of old, shallow ticks above the head of the eagle and a short, dull scrape on the neck below the curl dangling from the ear. There are auction records of over $12,000 for this date in this grade going back as far as the late 1990's. This is the only AU58 example of the 1841-D to have been approved by CAC and no finer ones have received a sticker.