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Obverse of 1840-O Quarter Dollar     Reverse of 1840-O Quarter Dollar


PCGS Nos: 5393, 5398


Circulation strikes:
Proofs: None

Designer: Obverse by Thomas Sully, executed by Christian Gobrecht; Reverse by Christian Gobrecht.  Later in the year, the obverse was modified by Robert Ball Hughes by adding drapery below Liberty's left elbow

Diameter: 24.3 millimeters

Metal Content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 103.1 grains (6.7 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "O" (for New Orleans, LA) below the eagle on the reverse

Images courtesy of Larry Whitlow, Ltd.

Significant examples:
NGC MS-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 166, "No Drapery", illustrated, sold for $13,800.00  From the Eliasberg Collection, May 1997, Lot 1421

PCGS MS-64 (illustrated above).  With Drapery.

Recent appearances:
MS-60.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 167, not illustrated, sold for $690.00  From David Akers' sale of the John Jay Pittman Collection, May 1998, Lot 1301

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 1435, not illustrated, sold for $920.00

AU-50 No Drapery Cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000" Sale, August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5521, not plated, sold for $241.50

Without Drapery
With Drapery

The finest "No Drapery" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64.

The finest "Drapery" examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-65's.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia Of U.S. And Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service