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Lot 2120

1839-D $2.50 Classic Head. . Variety-1B. Rarity-4. NGC graded MS-61. In NGC holder 56286-003. Lovely rich golden toning. The only Dahlonega Mint Classic Head $2 1/2 Gold. Little in the way of nicks or hairlines. A luminous frosty specimen of this rare early style by William Kneass, and of optimum value for the grade. The luster is complete including the smooth rounded contour on Liberty's cheek, and as well, the strike is nearly full at the centers, being quite crisp in most places with only residual softness on some of the wing feathers and the left shield outline. The mintmark is positioned above the date in 1839. Only 13,674 struck. Pop 8; 7 finer (PCGS # 7700) .

The initial Dahlonega Mint $2.50, the 1839-D is also seen as the only Classic quarter eagle issue from the famous southern branch mint, and thus the only date of the denomination with hand-punched design elements aside from the date and mintmark. Variety 1-B is scarcer than 1-A, and is noted for arrow heads firmly touching the final letters in AMERICA.
Estimated Value $25,000 - 30,000.

Realized $28,750

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