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1864 $2-1/2 DOLLARS

PCGS Nos: 7800, 7890


Circulation strikes: 2,824
Proofs: 50

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 Superior Galleries

Significant examples:
NGC EF-45 (illustrated above).  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", June 5-7, 2000, Lot 2106, "Two small marks before the face, and a faint scuff above the eagle's head" @ $9,200.00

Recent appearances:
NGC Proof-64, Cameo.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7176, illustrated, sold for $13,225.00

The finest circulation strike example graded by PCGS is a single MS-61.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 5 PR-66's.

The finest Proof Deep Cameo examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-66's.

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