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1836 2 DOLLARS
OR QUARTER EAGLE

PCGS No: 7694, 7712, 97694

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 547,986
Proofs: estimated 10

Designer: William Kneass

Diameter: 17.5 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 64.5 grains (4.18 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia, PA) above the date

Images courtesy of David Akers Numismatics

A listing of the known Proof examples:
NGC Proof-66 (one of the five Proofs listed below)

1. NGC Proof-64 Cameo (illustrated above).  Ex - World's Greatest Collection", Lot 103 - Numismatic Gallery's "Memorable" Sale, March 2, 1948, Lot 97, sold for $45 - John Jay Pittman collection - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 171, illustrated, not sold.  This coin offered a completely new obverse die that had never been seen on any 1836 Quarter Eagle!

2. NGC Proof-65 Cameo. Head of 1837.  Ex - Lorin G. Parmelee, Lot 1055 - John G. Mills, Lot 530 - William H. Wooding, Lot 956 - John H. Clapp - Louis Eliasberg, Lot 103, sold for $35,200.00 - Harry Bass - offered by North American Certified Trading in the October 22, 2001 issue of Coin World for $117,500.00

3. Proof.  Head of 1835 (not the head of 1834 listed by Breen).  National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution.

4. Proof.  Head of 1835.  Ex - Brian Hendelson, part of a complete, original Proof set held intact by the same Philadelphia area family since 1836.

5. Proof.  Head of 1835.  Ex - Col. E.H.R. Green - Jerome Kern, Lot 26 - Abe Kosoff - Stack's 55th Anniversary Sale, Lot 1674 - New York dealer.

6. Stack's 10/2003:2072

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 120, "Head of 1835, Script 8", illustrated, sold for $25,300.00  From Lester Merkin's sale of April 1970, Lot 655.  The finest certified.

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2137, "Script 8, Head of 1835", unsold  From the sale of the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part II, October 1999, Lot 290, earlier from Goliad  Corporation, May 30, 1972

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1231, "Script 8", illustrated, sold for $9,200.00

MS-64.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 428, "Breen-6143, Head of 1835", illustrated, not sold  From the sale of the Harry Bass, Jr. Collection, Part II, October 1999, Lot 291; earlier from Quality Sales Corp.'s sale of the Beck Collection, Part III, February 1977, Lot 1392

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 3574, sold for $5,750.00

NGC MS-63 (illustrated below).  Block 8.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 665, sold for $4,370.00, where it was described (in part) as follows: "The surfaces show minor handling marks, as expected, but none are deep or annoying. One copper spot below, right of the 6 on the edge. Flashy luster and apparently an early die state as no cracks are visible."

NGC MS-63.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7154, "Script 8, Head of 1835", illustrated, sold for $3,680.00

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 122, "Head of 1837, Block 8", illustrated, sold for $5,290.00  From RARCOA's session of Auction '84, July 1984, Lot 1890

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. Lariviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 43, "Breen-6142, Block-8", sold for $4,600.00  From Bowers and Merena sale of the Bass Collection, Part III May 2000, Lot 88

NGC MS-63.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1232, illustrated, sold for $3,910.00

PCGS MS-62.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7493, "Block 8", illustrated, sold for $2,300.00

MS-62.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 121, "Head of 1835, Script 8", illustrated, sold for $2,185.00  Purchased from Rowe and Brownlee, June 25, 1968

NGC MS-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8834,"Script 8", plated, sold for $2,530.00

NGC MS-62.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 172, "Breen-6143, Head of 1835", illustrated, not sold

PCGS MS-61.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8833, "Script 8", plated, sold for $1,667.50

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 989, plated, sold for $1,495.00

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8835, "Block 8", not plated, sold for $862.50

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 173, "Breen-6143", not illustrated, sold for $1,035.00

AU-55.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 123, "Head of 1837, Block 8", illustrated, sold for $920.00  Purchased from Steve Ivy, April 24, 1974

PCGS AU-50.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7153, not illustrated, sold for $632.50

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 124, "Head of 1837, Block 8", not illustrated, sold for $368.00

AU-50, Cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5665, "Block 8", not illustrated, sold for $310.50

About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 990, "Head of 35", not plated, sold for $402.50

EF-45.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2139, "Head of 1837", sold for $345.00

EF-40.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2138, "Head of 1835", sold for $299.00

ANACS Fields Tooled Polished AU Details, Net VF-20.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7492, "Block 8", not illustrated, sold for $287.50

Very Fine.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1463, sold for $172.50

VF-20. Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1233, "Script 8", not illustrated, sold for $437.00  From Stack's Sale of the Wilson-Rueter Collection, October 16-17, 1959, lot 794, envelope included

Fine.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1464, sold for $264.50

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated "Block 8" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66.

The finest Uncirculated "Script 8" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65.

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-65.

Varieties:
"Script 8" in the date (illustrated above)
"Block 8" in the date (illustrated below)

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

Obverse of 1836 Quarter Eagle Varieties     Reverse of 1836 Quarter Eagle Varieties

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.

Compare with the images above - note the differences on the curls atop Liberty's head, the shape of the 8 in the date and the position of the arrowhead relative to the final A in America