Coin Specifications

Category: Classic Head $2.50 (1834-1839)
Mint: Dahlonega
Mintage: 13,674
Catalog: KM-56
Obverse Designer: William Kneass
Reverse Designer: William Kneass
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.8990
Weight: 4.18g
AGW: 0.1208oz
Melt Value: $163.35 (7/30/2016)
Diameter: 18.2mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1839 D $2.5 MS obverse 1839 D $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: Being the first quarter eagle from the Dahlonega Mint makes this issue extremely popular. Also, this is the only example of the Classic Head type from this desirable Southern mint. Although not as rare as the elusive 1838-C quarter eagle, the 1839-D issue is still a difficult date to locate. Most examples survive in circulated condition, but nice About Uncirculated examples can be found with a little luck and money. Uncirculated examples were once considered extreme rarities, but modern population reports indicate that at least a dozen Mint State examples are known, including two MS 64 example graded by NGC. One of these sold for $63,250 in April 2006. The last digit of the date on the 1839-D quarter eagle has been re-cut and appears to be an overdate, but this is incorrect. In fact, many references in the past refer to the issue as 1839/8. This should not be confused as a separate variety for the year.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/9/2016

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1839 D $2.5 MS
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Base $ 1200 1650 2300 3250 6100 8900 10100 13500 23000 27000 32500 43000 63500 137500 - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 115
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 64


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11/1/2000 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1373, 1373/Lot# 1618 $5,064.00
12/20/2007 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 205, 211/Lot# 8109 $9,079.25
9/9/2009 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2009 September Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1129, 1129/Lot# 1447 $17,825.00
5/29/2011 NGC MS 61   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 1329 $19,550.00
8/15/2011 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 7607 $18,400.00
6/9/2013 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 121359 $17,380.00
9/25/2013 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1189/Lot# 6716 $4,700.00
1/8/2014 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(5), 1201/Lot# 6421 $8,812.50
11/14/2014 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 14 - 15 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection Part V US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1215/Lot# 3210 $19,975.00
7/17/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 6014 $9,987.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1839 D $2.5 MS
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Base139315052048243328604016456550495367570268208153847292341022613281161762250131854458606709199645
14301686217625753245419947265155547960757264825987269565112441424618284256193652352937779420
0000004726515554796075726482598726956511244142461828425619365235293700
0000004888526155906447770983668980989512263152112039328736411916001400
1839 D $2.5 MS Prooflike
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Grade: AU 50
Points: 5049
Owner: (none)
 
Grade: XF 45
Points: 4565
Owner: HalfCentsAndMore
 
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