Quarter Eagle -> 1858-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 the most common Charlotte quarter eagle from the 1850's. In recent years, a number of Uncirculated examples have entered the market and this suggests that a small hoard of approximately a half dozen coins may have been located. The 1858-C is a good issue for the type collector due to the fact that it is often found with a good strike and reasonably clean surfaces. On examples which have not been cleaned, the luster is frosty and the coloration can range from medium to deep orange-gold. 100-110 are known in all grades with approximately two dozen of these in the various About Uncirculated grades and another six to eight in Uncirculated.

Condition Census

  1. AUCTION USA 8/13/91: 280, ex New England Rare Coin Auctions 1/82: 1398, New England Rare Coin Auctions 11/78: 1385. Probably one of the coins later graded MS-62 by PCGS.
  2. Another example graded MS-62 by PCGS. The location and pedigree of this coin are unknown to the author.
  3. North Georgia collection. Graded MS-62 by NGC. Choice for the grade.
  4. (tie) Private collection, ex Elrod collection (and) Nevada collection, ex Jeff Notrica, 9/90. Both have been graded MS-62 by NGC.
  5. A small group of coins grading MS-61. These include the following:
    • Paul Dingler collection, graded MS-61 by PCGS. The coin illustrated on this web site.
    • North Carolina collection, ex Doug Winter (4/97), National Gold Exchange. Graded MS-61 by PCGS.
    • Heritage 8/91: 5437. Graded MS-61 by PCGS.