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1857 $2-1/2 DOLLARS

PCGS Nos: 7782, 7883


Circulation strikes: 214,130
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

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

Significant examples:

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-64 (illustrated above).  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Santa Clara" Sale, November 18-20, 1999, Lot 6789 sold for $2,586.00

NGC MS-62.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1211, not illustrated, not sold

NGC MS-61.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 52 sold for $345.00

The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-68!

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


Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

"The PCGS Population Report, April 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service