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Douglas Winter Numismatics Sells Finest Known 1854-C Quarter Eagle

Douglas Winter Numismatics Sells Finest Known 1854-C Quarter Eagle

By Doug ……
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Douglas Winter Numismatics (DWN), located in Portland, Oregon, recently sold the single finest known example of the 1854-C quarter eagle. Graded MS63 by PCGS and approved by CAC, this coin is significant to collectors due to its rarity in higher grades.

The quarter eagle denomination was struck in Charlotte in two design types: the Classic Head (1838-39) and the Liberty Head (1840-1860). A total of 22 dates exist with two using the short-lived Classic Head design, and the remaining 20 employing the more-familiar Liberty Head.

As a date, the 1854-C is ranked as the sixth rarest overall of the Liberty Head issues from this mint. There were just 7,295 produced, and it is believed that around 150-175 exist today. There are likely not more than six or seven known in Uncirculated with this newly-graded piece being the clear finest.

On the DWN website, the coin was described as follows:

“This is far and away the best 1854-C quarter eagle I have ever seen and I really believed it had a chance to grade MS63+ or even MS64. It is well-struck for this issue on a choice planchet with ultra-attractive natural green-gold color on both sides. On the obverse there is a small patch of mint-made planchet roughness between the first star and the tip of the bust as well as some light clashmarks in the inner left field. The reverse is fully Gem on its own. If you are at all familiar with this date, you will quickly recognize its unimprovable quality.”

The coin was listed on the site at $70,000 USD and it sold quickly to a prominent Southern retail firm for an undisclosed amount.

According to Doug Winter, President of DWN:

“[T]his coin illustrates the prototypical coin we strive to offer. It was fresh to market, extremely choice, and fairly priced, in my opinion, given the current demand for interesting, significant and one-of-a-kind coins. We sell more ‘unicorn’ coins of this type than any other retail firm in the country, and we invite collectors searching for something really special to contact us.”

DWN can be reached via email at [email protected].
Doug Winter Numismatics, specialists in U.S. gold coins

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About Doug Winter

Doug_Winter2Doug has spent much of his life in the field of numismatics; beginning collecting coins at the age of seven, and by the time he was 10 years old, buying and selling coins at conventions in the New York City area.

In 1989, he founded Douglas Winter Numismatics, and his firm specializes in buying and selling choice and rare US Gold coins, especially US gold coins and all branch mint material.

Recognized as one of the leading specialized numismatic firms, Doug is an award-winning author of over a dozen numismatic books and a recognized expert on US Gold. His knowledge and an exceptional eye for properly graded and original coins have made him one of the most respected figures in the numismatic community and a sought-after dealer by collectors and investors looking for professional personalized service, a select inventory of impeccable quality, and fair and honest pricing. Doug is also a major buyer of all US coins and is always looking to purchase collections both large and small. He can be reached at (214) 675-9897.

Doug has been a contributor to the Guidebook of United States Coins (also known as the “Redbook”) since 1983, Walter Breen’s Encyclopedia of United States and Colonial Coins, Q. David Bowers’ Encyclopedia of United States Silver Dollars and Andrew Pollock’s United States Pattern and Related Issues

In addition, he has authored 13 books on US Gold coins including:
  • Gold Coins of the New Orleans Mint: 1839-1909
  • Gold Coins of the Carson City Mint: 1870 – 1893
  • Gold Coins of the Charlotte Mint: 1838-1861
  • Gold Coins of the Dahlonega Mint 1838-1861
  • The United States $3 Gold Pieces 1854-1889
  • Carson City Gold Coinage 1870-1893: A Rarity and Condition Census Update
  • An Insider’s Guide to Collecting Type One Double Eagles
  • The Connoisseur’s Guide to United States Gold Coins
  • A Collector’s Guide To Indian Head Quarter Eagles
  • The Acadiana Collection of New Orleans Coinage
  • Type Three Double Eagles, 1877-1907: A Numismatic History and Analysis
  • Gold Coins of the Dahlonega Mint, 1838-1861: A Numismatic History and Analysis
  • Type Two Double Eagles, 1866-1876: A Numismatic History and Analysis

Finally, Doug is a member of virtually every major numismatic organization, professional trade group and major coin association in the US.


Doug Winter
Doug Winter
Doug Winter founded Douglas Winter Numismatics (DWN) in 1985. The nationally renowned firm specializes in buying and selling rare United States gold coins. He has written over a dozen books, including the standard references on Charlotte, Dahlonega, and New Orleans gold coinage, and Type 1 Liberty Head Double Eagles. Douglas has also contributed to the A Guidebook of United States Coins, Walter Breen’s Encyclopedia of United States and Colonial Coins, Q. David Bowers’ Encyclopedia of United States Silver Dollars, and Andrew Pollock’s United States Pattern and Related Issues. He is a member of the PNG, the ANA, the ANS, the NLG, CAC, PCGS, and NGC - among other professional affiliations. Contact Doug Winter at [email protected].

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