1836 quarter eagle proof will star in sale at Stack's Bowers

A cameo proof 1836 quarter eagle could sell for $200,000-250,000 at Stack's Bowers in New York on February 10.

The lot is one of only a handful of proof specimens of this rare issue.

1836 proof eagle
The 1836 proof quarter eagle is one of a handful of surviving specimens

The auction house comments: "This outstanding early Proof gold rarity would serve as a highlight in the finest cabinet.

"Boldly struck on the obverse, each star is fully brought up and crisp and Liberty's hair curls are as sharp as ever seen in a quarter eagle of this type.

1836 quarter eagle
The reverse shows the iconic US eagle

"The importance of this rare Proof Classic Head quarter eagle cannot be overstated.

"With a mere seven specimens known for the date, two of which are held in museum collections, the present offering may represent a once in a lifetime bidding opportunity for advanced collectors."

Other pieces include a 1794 flowing hair silver dollar (graded VF-20) that is expected to bring $140,000-160,000.

The coin is one of a few thousand dollars struck on a half cent press, with the result that the details are softened and indistinct - although the date is clearly visible.

Another 1794 silver dollar (one of the finest known) sold for $5m last year.

Stack's Bowers is also offering coins from the D Brent Pogue collection in February, including a 1796 No Pole half cent valued at up to $1.2m.

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