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1840 $2-1/2 DOLLARS
OR QUARTER EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 7717, 7866

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 18,859
Proofs: estimated 5

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 18 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 64.5 grains (4.18 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia, PA) below the eagle on the reverse

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Significant examples:

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-61.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 131, illustrated, sold for $5,060.00  From Stack's sale of the Robison Collection, February 1979, Lot 111

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 431, illustrated, sold for $2,645.00

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 132, illustrated, sold for $1,840.00  From Stack's of the Stewart Collection, May 1972, Lot 1607

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64.

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-50.

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