1851-D $2.50 NGC MS62 CAC

This fresh-to-the-market coin was discovered at the recent Philadelphia ANA show, sold to a wholesale dealer and was then sold to me. This is the first time it has ever been offered to collectors and it is one of the more important individual Dahlonega quarter eagles that I've handled all year. This is a date that is not generally seen with good eye appeal but there are a few higher quality pieces known that are attractive. This is clearly one of those. It is well struck and fully original with nice natural green-gold color and soft, satiny luster. There are no describable marks and if this coin were graded MS63 it would not look out of place in the holder. I know of approximately six Uncirculated 1851-D quarter eagles. The finest is the NGC MS65/PCGS MS64 Duke's Creek: 1508 coin that sold for $63,250 in April 2006. There are three coins graded MS62 by PCGS. One is in a Georgia collection and is ex Jasper Robertson: 1267 while another is a coin that I sold to a Kansas collector and it is from the Chestatee collection. The NGC population report shows an MS64 but I believe that this is the Duke's Creek coin mentioned above. There are no auction records for an MS62 since the aforementioned Chestatee coin that sold for $12,075 back in August 1999; the Robertson coin, then graded MS61, sold for a rousing $28,000 in the 1999 FUN auction. The present example is solidly in the Condition Census for the date and it is the best 1851-D quarter eagle that I've handled since the finest known Duke's Creek coin that I sold over six years ago. This is an extremely important coin for the serious Dahlonega collector.

This is the only 1851-D quarter eagle in MS62 to be approved by CAC with none finer.