PCGS Coin Number: 7726
With just 19;800 coins struck; the 1842-O has one of the lowest mintages of any New Orleans quarter eagle. This date is scarce in any grade and is usually seen in the lower states of preservation. Until the last decade or so; the 1842-O quarter eagle was considered unknown in Mint State by many researchers. Now; the population data shows that over 20 coins have been graded Mint State; but it is the authorsí experience that this date is actually much rarer; suggesting that the high numbers probably represent multiple submissions of the same example. The date is often; but not always; seen very weakly struck in the central portions. The Smithsonian example is in lustrous About Uncirculated condition.
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