|Quarter Eagles 1839 - 1859||Liberty Head 1840-1859|
|Diameter: 18 millimeters||
|Weight: 64.5 grains||Fineness: .900|
|Edge: Reeded||Designer: Christian Gobrecht|
The last year quarter eagles were struck at the Dahlonega, Georgia Mint. The 1859-D is more rare than the 1857-D. Compared to other quarter eagles struck during the 1850's the date is above average in strike. A specimen with a smooth, clean surface is not the norm. Original, uncleaned specimens have coloration ranging from green-gold to attractive orange-gold. The high grade specimens with good eye appeal that exist have luster ranging from frosty to semi-prooflike. Less than 135 coins of this date survive with only 6% or less known in Mint State.