Old Green Label Holder. By today's standards I grade this coin at least EF40 and possibly as high as EF45. Beginning with this issue, the mintages for Dahlonega quarter eagles drop considerably from the numbers recorded in the 1840's. Only 4,078 were made in 1852 and the 1852-D, while not as rare as the trio of issues from 1854 through 1856, is very scarce in its own right. This piece is well struck at the central obverse but a bit weak at the central reverse. It is toned in a light to medium green-gold hue and there is a good deal of dirt in the lettering on the reverse. This is quite possibly the most affordable very nice example of this issue that I have ever seen (check auction records for VF35, EF40 and EF45 examples and you'll see what I mean...) and it is a great opportunity for the Dahlonega collector on a limited budget.
CAC has approved just four 1852-D quarter eagles in all grades: this one in VF35 and three finer.
From the RYK Collection.