Quarter Eagle -> 1852-C


  • Quarter Eagles 1838 - 1860
  • Liberty Head 1840 - 1860
  • Diameter: 18.2 millimeters
  • Fineness: .900
  • Weight: 64.5 grains
  • Designer: Christian Gobrecht
  • Edge: Reeded
  • Coiner: John R. Bolton

This is one of the rarest Charlotte quarter eagles. A probable cause for its unavailability in high grades is the fact that no quarter eagles were struck at the Charlotte Mint in 1853. The 1852-C is a poorly struck issue which is generally seen with poor detail at the obverse and reverse center. The surfaces on most are very heavily marked and most have inferior luster. Approximately 75-85 exist and a vast majority of these grade Extremely Fine or lower. There are a dozen or so pieces known in About Uncirculated and just two in Mint State. Many advanced collections of Charlotte gold coins lack a choice 1852-C quarter eagle and when a choice piece becomes available, competition for this specimen is very intense.

Condition Census

  1. Paul Dingler collection, ex Elrod Collection, possibly ex Stack's 2/80: 49. Graded MS-62 by PCGS. By far the finest known example of this date. The coin illustrated on this web site.
  2. Private collection. Graded MS-62 by NGC. Very flatly struck.
  3. Private collection, ex Jeff Notrica. This coin appeared in an ad in the 11/29/89 issue of Coin World. Graded AU-58 by PCGS.
  4. A second example graded AU-58 by PCGS. The location and pedigree of this coin are not known to the author.
  5. North Georgia collection, ex Stack's 12/94: 1391, R.T. Wilder collection. Later graded AU-55 by NGC. Choice for the grade despite a soft strike at the central obverse.