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Obverse of 1833 Quarter Eagle     Reverse of 1833 Quarter Eagle

1833 $2-1/2 DOLLARS

PCGS No: 7673, 7688


Circulation strikes: 4,160
Proofs: estimated 10

Designer: William Kneass

Diameter: ±18.2 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 91.7%
Other - 8.3%

Weight: ±67.5 grains (±4.37 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (all examples of this date and type were struck at the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Mint)

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-66's.

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-66.

Breen (1977) listed the following citations for Proof 1833 Quarter Eagles:
1. Mint, Smithsonian Institution
2. Parmelee:1022 - Mills:546 - Clapp - Eliasberg:99, $50,600.00 "...choice.
3. Davis-Graves:682; it was seen in New York later in the 1950's
3. Woodin:949 - Newcomer - Green - B.G. Johnson - various dealer intermediaries - "Memorable":93, not too carefully handled.

Compare G.H. Hall:1732 and Gable:376, latter graded as hairmarked."

Significant examples:
PCGS MS-66 (#6581226)
- Stack's "James A. Stack" Collection, Lot 849
- offered by Hanks & Associates, Inc. for $115,000 in the September 20, 1999 issue of Coin World

– American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” 07/2003

Recent appearances:
(Illustrated above)
- Superior Galleries 2000 A.N.A. Mid-Winter Sale

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated with claims to Gem category
- Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", 10/2000:1653, $21,850.00, "Breen 1", "Barring the extremely rare 1834 No Motto Quarter Eagle, this date is easily rarer than any other date of this type.  Of more importance, however, is the proportion of Mint State survivors to the total number of survivors for 1833 versus the other dates of this type.  From this standpoint, the rarity of high grade 1833 Quarter Eagles becomes crystal clear."

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

"The PCGS Population Report, April 2004" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

"Walter Breen's Encyclopedia of United States and Colonial Proof Coins 1722-1989" by Walter Breen