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This rendition showcases a more feminine depiction of Miss Liberty, facing to the left, adorned with a relief coronet bearing the inscription LIBERTY. Her hair is elegantly styled in a bun, embellished with a string of pearls, while the date is positioned below her, surrounded by 13 stars. The design exudes simplicity and aesthetic appeal. The reverse continues to mirror the pattern utilized since 1808, albeit with slight variations in the size of letters and numbers; nonetheless, the fundamental elements remain consistent. Similar to its Classic Head predecessor, this Type omits the display of the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM.
The inception of the Classic Head Type served as a temporary solution to reintroduce gold coins into circulation. While it achieved remarkable success, it wasn't conceived as a lasting design. The Mint sought a representation of Liberty befitting a burgeoning and prosperous nation, and a mere rehash of the 1808 Large Cent design would not suffice. Christian Gobrecht introduced a fresh design for the gold eagle in 1838, which received widespread acclaim and subsequently influenced the half eagle design in 1839, followed by the quarter eagle in 1840. This design was deemed enduring and conducive to achieving uniformity across all three circulating gold coin denominations.
Notably, the Liberty Head Quarter Eagle holds the distinction of maintaining an unaltered design for the longest duration in the history of American numismatics, spanning 68 years. Unlike half eagles and eagles, the motto IN GOD WE TRUST was never incorporated into the quarter eagle design. Within this extensive timeframe, collectors encounter a range of significant rarities to pique their interest. Particularly scarce are the pre-Civil War, low mintage pieces from the southern Mints, Charlotte and Dahlonega. Additional notable rarities include those minted in Philadelphia between 1863 and 1877, with an exception for the unusually large mintages in 1873. Among these, the 1848 CAL issue holds particular renown. In that year, the Military Governor of California sent 230 ounces of California gold to the Mint, resulting in the production of 1,389 quarter eagles with CAL inscribed just above the eagle's head. This is widely considered America's first commemorative coin, rendering all 1848 CAL Quarter Eagles highly valuable and eagerly sought by numismatists.
Given the extensive variety of issues, the Type is collected as a comprehensive category. Many enthusiasts endeavor to assemble sets encompassing coins from the five Mints involved in producing this type: Philadelphia, New Orleans, Charlotte, Dahlonega, and San Francisco.
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