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Obverse of 1857-S Quarter Eagle     Reverse of 1857-S Quarter Eagle

1857-S $2-1/2 DOLLARS

PCGS No: 7785


Circulation strikes: 69,200
Proofs: 0

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 18 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 64.5 grains (4.18 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "S" (for San Francisco) below the eagle on the reverse

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Significant examples:
NGC MS-62 (illustrated above).  Ex - John Jay Pittman collection - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", June 5-7, 2000, Lot 2103, "The field, rather than being frosted, consists of fine die polish lines..." @ $8,165.00

Recent appearances:
PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2165 at $2,990.00

AU-55.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 198, illustrated, sold for $3,335.00  From Stack's sale of the Shapero Collection, October 1971, Lot 827

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

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