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Obverse of 1843-O Quarter Eagle     Reverse of 1843-O Quarter Eagle


1843-O $2-1/2 DOLLARS
OR QUARTER EAGLE

PCGS No: 7731, 7732

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 364,002
Proofs: 0

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 18 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 64.5 grains (4.2 grams)

Edge: Reeded

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

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Significant examples:
NGC MS-66.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 47, "Small date, crosslet 4", unsold  Finest certified

Large Date.  PCGS MS-62 (illustrated above).  Ex - Harry W. Bass, Jr. collection - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", June 5-7, 2000, Lot 2092, sold for $10,062.50

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-64.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1201, "Large Date, Plain 4", illustrated, not sold

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 144, "Small Date, Crosslet 4", illustrated, sold for $2,760.00  Purchased from Joe Flynn, August 27, 1973

NGC MS-61.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 993, "Large Date", plated, sold for $4,312.50

MS-60.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 145, "Small Date, Crosslet 4", illustrated, sold for $1,725.00  Purchased from Superior, March 1978

NGC AU-58 (illustrated below).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 670, sold for $690.00, where it was described (in part) as follows: "Frosty luster in the fields and a coin that retains problem free surfaces. The dies were not quite in alignment, as the upper obverse and lower reverse are not as sharply struck as the opposing ends. Clean cheek on Liberty, and an appealing coin for the date collector. The lower reverse die has a heavy die crack through the peripheral lettering."

AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 146, "Small Date, Crosslet 4", not illustrated, sold for $1,178.75

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 3945, "Small date, Crosslet 4", illustrated, sold for $529.00

NGC AU-55.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8846, "Small date, Crosslet 4", not plated, sold for $402.50

PCGS EF-45.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8847, "Large date", not plated, sold for $431.25

Notes:
The finest "Small date" examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-64's.

The finest "Large date" example graded by PCGS are 2 MS-62's. 

Varieties:
Large Date, Plain 4 (illustrated above)
Small Date, Crosslet 4 (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 1843-O Quarter Eagle     Reverse of 1843-O Quarter Eagle

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.
 Note the diebreaks on the reverse by 2 1/2 D