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Obverse of 1840-O Quarter Eagle     Reverse of 1840-O Quarter Eagle

1840-O $2-1/2 DOLLARS

PCGS No: 7720


Circulation strikes: 33,580
Proofs: 0

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 18 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 64.5 grains (4.18 grams)

Edge: Reeded

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

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Significant examples:
(Illustrated above).  Ex - Superior Galleries 2000 A.N.A. Mid-Winter Sale

NGC MS-62.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 176, illustrated, not sold

Recent appearances:
PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 135, "Small O", illustrated, sold for $7,475.00  Purchased from Rowe and Brownlee, November 23, 1966

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 433, illustrated, sold for $3,450.00

Net EF-40, sharpness AU-50.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 46 sold for $575.00

The finest examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-62's.

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