$2 1/2 AU58 NGC. Variety 7-K. The "D Near D"
variety. Early die state, with the mintmark widely repunched
to the left. Reverse cracks as described in the Winter
Lightly worn with deep green-gold and steel color, in
slightly different hues, on the obverse and the reverse.
The strike shows some weakness, as always seen on this
variety, mostly on the eagle's legs and wings. Some luster
can be seen in the protected areas, and the surfaces are
very clean for the grade.
This variety has been actively collected by Dahlonega
specialists for at least a decade, and generally commands
a significant premium over a normal mintmark. The 1846-D/D
quarter eagle is unique in Uncirculated. That coin grades
PCGS MS61 and is ex: Bass II: 383. Only three or four
pieces are known in AU58.
From The Duke's Creek Collection of Dahlonega Gold.
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