Quarter Eagle -> 1854-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

Only 7,295 1854-C quarter eagles were produced. This is a scarce coin in any grade with an estimated total population of 80-90. Over three quarters of the known examples grade Extremely Fine or lower. There are approximately 14-16 known in About Uncirculated plus another five in Mint State. This is not generally a well struck issue. The centers are nearly always weak and many pieces have very weak detail on the head of the eagle. The surfaces are often found with heavy abrasions and many coins show roughness as well. The luster is often an unappealing grainy texture and it is hard to locate coins with original color as most have been cleaned at one time.

Condition Census

  1. Private collection, ex Elrod collection, Mid American Rare Coin Auctions 5/85: 1279, Jasper Robertson collection. Graded MS-62 by NGC.
  2. Texas collection, ex Merkin 4/70: 667. Mint State-62 or better. Not seen by the author.
  3. Paul Dingler collection, ex Doug Winter/Lee Minshull, 1996. Graded MS-61 by PCGS. The coin illustrated in this web site.
  4. Private collection, possibly ex Paramount Auction 87: 387. MS-60 or better, later graded MS-61 by NGC.
  5. North Georgia collection. Graded MS-60 by NGC.