Lustrous AU 1854-D Quarter EagleA Rare Issue1854-D Liberty Head Quarter Eagle. Winter 17-M, the only known dies. AU-53 (PCGS).This is an exceptionally well preserved, highly appealing example of an issue that is challenging to collect even in lower grades. Bright golden-yellow surfaces retain plenty of satin luster that is particularly lively when viewed with the aid of direct lighting. Obverse striking detail is sharp for the issue, Liberty’s portrait and the star centrils retaining ample detail in the absence of all but trivial high point wear. The reverse is typically soft in strike with the eagle and olive branch quite blunt, but we do note bolder detail in the recessed areas of the wings. Smooth in hand with no worrisome blemishes, this impressive condition rarity would serve as a highlight in an advanced Southern gold cabinet.In a series replete with rarities the 1854-D quarter eagle stands out as one of the most elusive issues struck in the Dahlonega Mint. The mintage is a scant 1,760 pieces, the vast majority of which entered commercial channels and remained there until worn out, lost or melted. The experts at PCGS CoinFacts account for only 70 to 90 coins extant in all grades, gold researcher Doug Winter (Gold Coins of the Dahlonega Mint: 1838-1861, 2003 edition) ranking the 1854-D alongside the 1840-D as the third rarest Dahlonega Mint two-and-a-half. With the vast majority of survivors grading VF or EF, the significance of this solidly graded and attractive AU can hardly be overstated.Provenance: From the Maurice Snow Collection.PCGS Population: 4; 16 finer, just four of which are Mint State (MS-63 finest).PCGS# 7771. NGC ID: 25HZ.Click here for certification details from PCGS.