I've noticed a real surge in interest in nicely toned branch mint gold and this makes sense. In silver and copper coins, you can have a $100 coin that is worth an enormous premium because of its great color. Why isn't the same true with gold coins, especially when they are so hard to find? This attractive 1851-D quarter eagle is well detailed with splashes of rich orange-gold and coppery-rose hues on the obverse and reverse. There is a small, shallow mint-made plnachet defect on the obverse between stars two and three and a few contact marks seen on both sides but this piece has great eye appeal. As a date, the 1851-D is far scarcer than the 1843-50 Dahlonega issues and it is extremely hard to find with good color.