2 Quarter Eagle, NGC AU-58 CAC. With a mintage of 1,283,788
pieces, the 1861 quarter eagle is a common civil war dated
coin. This is an example of the type 2 reverse, introduced
in 1859. On the new reverse, the arrowheads and letters
are considerably smaller than on the reverse used before.
The present piece has full luster, except for a few
breaks at the highest points which account for the AU
grade. Toned to a reddish-gold color, this coin is very
pleasing to anyone seeking an example of this date and/or
of the new reverse.