PCGS Coin Number: 7768
As the tiny mintage suggest; the 1853-D quarter eagle must be considered rare in any grade. Perhaps fewer than 100 coins still survive in all grades. Population data indicate that most 1853-D quarter eagles fall in the Extremely Fine grade range. This issue is usually weak in some portions of the surface; with the denticles often very softly impressed. A few coins of the date exhibit deep prooflike surfaces; an unusual quality for a coin from the Dahlonega Mint. The Harry W. Bass; Jr. coin (sold in October 1999) is the best example of a prooflike 1853-D quarter eagle that the authors have seen. The finest example seen for the date is the Duke‚Äôs Creek NGC MS-62 coin; which was sold by Mid-American Rare Coin Auctions in 1985 as part of the Jasper Robinson Collection for the then princely sum of $18;150.
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