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Lustrous Mint State 1850-D Liberty Quarter Eagle to be offered in Rarities Night of our March 2016 Baltimore Auction

The vibrant sunshine yellow surfaces of this Mint State Dahlonega rarity are complemented by subtle halos of teal-gold that embrace the motifs on both sides. Satiny luster glistens from the protected regions. Traces of planchet inconsistency (as made) are visible on the obverse under magnified scrutiny, but the surfaces are free from abrasions and deliver a truly premium aesthetic. Perhaps most exceptional is the strike, displaying impressive sharpness and intricacy to each design element on an issue that is typically less well defined.

The 1850-D Liberty quarter eagle was struck on the heels of the California Gold Rush, though gold had been pouring from the bedrock of Georgia for nearly two decades. With a mintage of 12,148 coins, it is among the most common Dahlonega quarter eagles of the 1850s, and survivors can be found in grades up through Extremely Fine with little effort. However, in true Uncirculated condition, the 1850-D Liberty quarter eagle is a significant rarity. Heavy circulation ensured a high attrition rate and only a handful of Mint State pieces are known to exist. PCGS has certified just nine Mint State examples, and the present specimen represents one of the four finest pieces certified at MS-62. For the quarter eagle or Southern gold enthusiast, the significance of this offering cannot be overstated!

This important rarity will be offered alongside other treasures in our March 2016 Rarities Night session, held in conjunction with our Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring Expo in Baltimore. To consign to this sale, or any other of our auctions, please contact our offices today at 1-800-458-4646 to speak with a Consignment Director and see what Stack’s Bowers can do for you.

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