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Obverse of 1873 Quarter Eagle     Reverse of 1873 Quarter Eagle


1873 $2-1/2 DOLLARS
OR QUARTER EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 7817, 7818, 7899

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 178,000
Proofs: 25

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:

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 233, "Close 3", illustrated, sold for $6,325.00  From Paramount's sale of July 1985, Lot 1421

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 463, "Closed 3", illustrated, not sold

NGC MS-64 (illustrated above).  Closed 3.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 684 at $2,875.00, where it was described (in part) as follows: "One of the best examples of this date to survive, this very choice Mint State 64 is one of just 16 graded this high by NGC, with only 3 coins graded higher. Fully struck on the obverse, the reverse with minor weakness on the eagle's leg."

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2176, "Open 3" at $1,265.00

NGC MS-63.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 55, "Closed 3" sold for $920.00

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1476 at $402.50  Ex: American Numismatic Association Convention Sale (Stack's August 1976, lot 3463)

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 181, "Closed 3", not illustrated, not sold

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1477 at $862.50  Ex: S.G. Steckler Estate (Stack's September 1974, lot 496)

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated "Open 3" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66.

The finest Uncirculated "Closed 3" examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-66's.

The finest Proof "Closed 3" example graded by PCGS is a single PR-65.

Varieties:
Closed 3 in date
Open 3 in date

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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