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1858 $2-1/2 DOLLARS
OR QUARTER EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 7786, 7884

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 47,377
Proofs: estimated 10

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

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Significant examples:

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-64.  Ex- William Youngerman - Harry W. Bass, Jr. - Bowers & Merena, October, 1999, Lot 499, sold for $7,475 - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7504, illustrated, not sold Check to see if this is the same coin offered by Bowers & Merena Galleries for $6,750.00 in the June 11, 2001 issue of The Coin Collector, were it was listed as "Ex Bass Collection"

MS-62.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 199, illustrated, sold for $1,035.00  Purchased from Mal Varner, October 20, 1972

AU-53.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 200, not illustrated, sold for $368.00  From Paramount's sale of February 1971, Lot 996


Notes:
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65.

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

Varieties:

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

 
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