A beautiful, wholly original example of this scarcer issue with lovely deep green-gold color on the obverse and the reverse. I grade this coin at least EF45 if not finer but there is a small, old reverse scrape below the right foot of the A in STATES that can be seen with careful examination. The mintage for this issue was 12,148 but the survival rate is low and of the few hundred that exist, only a handful display the originality that this coin has in spades. The PCGS and NGC population figures for the 1850-D do not reflect the true rarity of the 1850-D quarter eagle with total originality; I doubt if more than a dozen comparable pieces are known.
CAC has approved just this one example in EF45 with eleven approved in grades higher than this.
From the RYK Collection.