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Lot 2765

1842-D $2.50 Liberty. NGC graded AU-58. Light to moderate bag marks and some hairlines, but generally quite attractive. Light toning. 4,643 struck. A celebrated rarity among Dahlonega Mint Quarter Eagles, the 1842-D was rare from day one. With only possibly fewer than 100 coins believed extant in all grades (Winter, 2003 gave a figure of 75-85), the '42-D ranks fifth in rarity within the D-mint quarter eagles. Rarer in an absolute sense than all other Dahlonega Mint $2.50s with the exception of the 1840-D, 1854-D, 1855-D, and 1856-D. The grading services confirm that the '42-D is nearly unobtainable in Mint condition.

Even dusky-gold color on both sides. The strike more than adequate for both the issue and this coinage facility, with overall boldness that sustains itself throughout the central parts of the design on both sides. All stars complete. The shield lines also show excellent detail; and there is some luster present around the legends and devices. Scattered abrasions aren't uncommon on a circulated coin from this decade; mainly small in size and not out of context with the assigned grade. A high Condition Census example that should be right at home in a set of Quarter Eagles rarities or D and C mint dates. Pop 9; 5 finer (PCGS # 7725) .
Estimated Value $14,000 - 15,000.

Realized $16,100

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