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1854-O Liberty Head Quarter Eagle $2.50 Gold Coin
- This 1854 New Orleans Mint Liberty Head Quarter Eagle gold coin boasts several intriguing details
- The obverse bears a rare counter stamp from a Gold Rush-era pharmacy in Sacramento
- It was also recovered from the ill-fated S.S. Central America
- The S.S. Central America famously shipwrecked in 1857, losing its extensive cargo of gold
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When this coin was struck in 1854, the Gold Rush was in full force, and mints were producing coins rapidly to match the massive gold resources coming out of California. Gold quarter eagles were produced at five mints in 1854, including New Orleans, where the present example hails from, and it consists of the standard “coin gold” alloy for the time period of 90% gold and 10% copper. New Orleans produced a low mintage of only 153,000, making this coin quite rare in the first place and all the more rare considering its counter stamp, Gold Rush history and S.S. Central America pedigree.
Hand-signed by Chief Scientist Bob Evans on reverse of the holder; the authentication and holder also include gold dust recovered from the SS Central America.