Great day downtown today. The tree is up in the Walnut Room. Delicious lunch, served by my favorite waiter. And of course, a trip to the coin shop.
What caught my eye today? A genuinely scarce and underrated coin, a Classic Head quarter eagle of 1839, minted at New Orleans. Not mint state but close to it. This pretty little coin was struck years before the Civil War. Who owned this coin? What did it buy? And how many still exist? I looked up the mintage...a scant 17,000 and some. A very small amount, compared to the figures of today.
Classic head gold is lovely and so overlooked, overshadowed by the St. Gaudens $20 and some coins that gets lots of publicity. Many modern gold issues are covered and written about constantly. But the Classic Head gold quarter eagles, half eagles too, are hardly ever mentioned, not even to type collectors.
This is a really good coin to own. I hope it finds a good home with a numismatist who appreciates the history, beauty, and rarity of this coin.