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1843 $2-1/2 DOLLARS

PCGS Nos: 7727, 7869, 97869


Circulation strikes: 100,546
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, Pennsylvania) below the eagle on the reverse

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

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-63.  

The finest Proof Deep Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PRDC-65.

Known Proof examples:
1. National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution

2. "Gem Proof".  Ex - William H. Woodin, Lot 1207 - Thomas Elder's 1911 sale, Lot 966 - (1914 ANS Exhibit) - possibly to Waldo Newcomer - possibly to Colonel E.H.R. Green - John Zug, sold in 1939 - F.C.C. Boyd - Numismatic Gallery's sale of the "World's Greatest Collection", 1946 - Jake Shapiro (aka J.F. Bell) - Numismatic Gallery's sale of the "Memorable" Collection, March 1948, Lot 103, sold for $140.00 - John Jay Pittman - David Akers Numismatics, Inc. "The John Jay Pittman Collection", October 21-23, 1997, Lot 832h, illustrated, "...Large numerals in date, placed low in the field, with the 1 firmly touching a denticle.  A die scratch runs under the fourth star...several tiny lint marks on the coin including one above the eagle's left wing...", sold as part of the complete 1843 Proof set (still in the original case)!  This set may be the complete set that appeared in the 1895 Winsor sale as Lot 1067, said to have been presented to President Tyler.  The attribution to Woodin was told to Pittman by Zug.

3. Proof.  Fernand David - Will W. Neil, Lot 2292 - Amon Carter, Lot 630.  Part of a complete, original, cased set.

4. Jerome Kern, Lot 32.

5. Proof.  Discovered in a Connecticut estate - sold by Nadeau's Auction Gallery of Windsor, CT in 2002 for $66,125.00

Recent appearances:
Choice About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1654, not plated, sold for $258.75

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

"Attic Hoard Yields Unexpected Treasure" by Eric von Klinger, COIN WORLD, April 29, 2002, pages 1 and 8.