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1861 $2-1/2 DOLLARS
OR QUARTER EAGLE

PCGS No: 7887, 97794, 7794

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,283,788
Proofs: 90

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:
PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 456, "Old Reverse", illustrated, not sold

Recent appearances:
MS-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 210, "New Reverse", illustrated, sold for $920.00  From Stack's sale of the Scanlon Collection, October 1973, Lot 2090

NGC MS-62.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 659, "Type II Hub", illustrated, sold for $391.00

NGC MS-62.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1269, illustrated, sold for $506.00

MS-60.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1270, not illustrated, sold for $322.00

AU-55.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 209, "Old Reverse", illustrated, sold for $2,185.00  From Abe Kosoff's sale of August 1968, Lot 825

Choice About Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1473 @$184.00

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated "New Reverse" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-67.

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

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

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