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Lot 2133

1843-C $2.50 Liberty. Small date, crosslet 4. NGC graded AU-58. A hint of light toning. The dates on these attractive Coronet Head design (1840-1907) quarter eagles were small in the years 1840-1843; later that latter year the mint changed to a larger size. The 1843-C Small Date, with its minuscule mintage, is by far the rarer of the two 1843 Charlotte varieties, the Large Date mintage being 23,076 pieces. Southern mint gold expert Douglas Winter believes that just 50 to 60 examples of the Small Date variety have survived in all grades. The present Small Date example exhibits warm yellow-gold patination with "antique" orange overtones, and glinting luster at the devices. The design elements are well detailed, save for softness in Liberty's hair over the forehead, in the feathers on the eagle's neck and legs, and on the right claw. Virtually nothing in the way of marks are noted, nor are there bothersome rim nicks. A simply gorgeous, eye appealing quarter eagle. Only 2,988 coins minted. Pop 13; 6 finer; 1 in 60; 3 in 61; 2 in 62. (PCGS # 7729) .
Estimated Value $12,000 - 14,000.

Realized $13,800

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