Quarter Eagle -> 1856-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

The 1856-C has gained notoriety as one of the worst struck quarter eagles from the Charlotte Mint. In addition, most examples show unusual mint-made characteristics such as extensive areas of granularity and planchet depressions in the fields. Despite the fact that it is so hard to locate an attractive example, this is a desirable issue due to its undeniable rarity. There an estimated 80-90 known with as many as 85% of these grading Extremely Fine or lower. There are only 12-14 in About Uncirculated as well as a single piece in Mint State. In many collections of Charlotte gold coins, the 1856-C is one of the last coins added, due to the extreme difficult in locating a piece with acceptable eye appeal.

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