1845 $2.50 Liberty PCGS XF45 CAC Ex. S.S.Central America. According to a California Gold Rush History, this is the only 1845 quarter eagle to be brought up by the Odyssey Group and certified by PCGS (see the page listing of all coins examined and conserved by Bob Evans as of June 22, 2001). Looking at this list, the number of gold quarter eagles brought up was miniscule, and probably represented those coins carried by passengers rather than brought aboard in bulk by financial institutions.
The 1845 Philadelphia mint issue is not a particularly rare coin as slightly over 91,000 were struck and released. PCGS has certified 161 in all conditions, with the highest being a MS64.
Ex. Christies, Gold Rush Treasures from the SS Central America, Thursday 14 December 2000, Lot #9, where it was described as “This is the only example of this issue certified by PCGS as part of the S.S. Central America treasure. Perfect obverse die with extensively cracked reverse. This reverse die was about ready to fall apart with a bisecting horizontal crack through I of UNITED, leaves, and leg feathers, following the arrow shaft to point of the arrowhead and C to the rim. Other cracks extend upward and downward from this main crack, effectively bisecting the die vertically. A very fascinating coin from a technical viewpoint – a numismatist’s delight.”