SOLD – $2.50 – 1839-C PCGS EF45

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SOLD – $2.50 – 1839-C PCGS EF45


Serial Number 7699.45/25625143

PCGS Lookup Number 7699

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The Charlotte mint produced the Classic Head quarter eagle design in only two years: 1838 and 1839. The 1839-C is the more available of the two even though it is actually a rarer date in very high grades. The 1839-C is most often seen in VF-EF grades and the typical survivor in this range is simply dreadful with zero originality or eye appeal.

This nice example has deep, even russet hues on the obverse and reverse and this color is a welcome exception to the bright, colorless appearance seen on the typical circulated 1839-C. The detail is typical for the issue with some weakness at the centers and on the stars but the feathers are sharp for the grade. There are some scattered marks seen on the surfaces but none are deep or detracting. Overall, this is a really good looking coin for the date and grade.

Only two PCGS EF45′s have sold at auction since 2007 and they brought $4,083 in August 2010 and $3,738 in July 2011.

The 1839-C is one of the few Charlotte quarter eagles which has multiple levels of demand and this has helped to drive up prices for this issue in the last few years. The present piece is one of the nicer affordable 1839-C quarter eagles I have offered in some time.