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Obverse of 1859 Quarter Eagle     Reverse of 1859 Quarter Eagle


1859 $2-1/2 DOLLARS
OR QUARTER EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 7788, 7885, 97788 

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 39,364
Proofs: 80

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 Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.

Significant examples:
PCGS MS-65 (illustrated above).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 681 @$9,775.00, where it was described (in part) as follows: "A satiny gem that boasts light coppery toning and blazing mint luster. The strike is sharp, with complete hair detail on Liberty and the eagle. This is the finest graded coin by PCGS, the only coin in its grade category, furthermore, there is only a single coin graded MS-64 by that service. NGC has graded one higher, an MS-67, but we have not seen this apparently amazing coin. Examination will note a couple of very trivial handling marks before Liberty's face, but this coin is obviously a gem by anyone's standards."

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-66.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 201, illustrated, not sold  From Stack's sale of April 1978, Lot 805; Bowers & Merena sale of Bass III Sale, here re-offered

PCGS MS-61.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 202, illustrated, sold for $1,840.00  Purchased from Jack L. Klausen, June 19, 1968

NGC MS-61.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1267, illustrated, sold for $1,955.00

AU-58 (illustrated below).  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", June 5-7, 2000, Lot 2104, "Type 1 Reverse" @ $1,150.00

AU-50.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 3950, illustrated, sold for $230.00

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated "New Rev." examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-66's.

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

The finest Proof "Old Rev." example graded by PCGS is a single PR-66.

The finest Proof Deep Cameo "Old Rev." 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

Obverse of 1859 Quarter Eagle     Reverse of 1859 Quarter Eagle

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries
  

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