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Obverse of 1863-S Quarter Eagle     Reverse of 1863-S Quarter Eagle

1863-S $2-1/2 DOLLARS

PCGS No: 7799


Circulation strikes: 10,800
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 Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.

Recent appearances:
NGC AU-58 (illustrated above).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 682 @$5,980.00, where it was described (in part) as follows: "The combined PCGS and NGC Population Reports show just 5 coins have been graded in Mint State, while 13 have been graded as AU-58 between the two services. Examination with a glass notes minor hairlines and the usual handling marks, including a minor scratch below the denomination on the reverse. Boldly struck and without any signs of weakness."

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 217, illustrated, sold for $12,650.00  From Stack's sale of the Miles Collection, October 1968, Lot 192

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1276, illustrated, sold for $5,520.00

EF-45.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5982, not illustrated, sold for $529.00

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