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Obverse of 1874 Quarter Eagle     Reverse of 1874 Quarter Eagle


1874 $2-1/2 DOLLARS
OR QUARTER EAGLE

 PCGS Nos: 7821, 7900

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 3,920
Proofs: 20

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, Pennsylvania) below the eagle on the reverse

Images courtesy of Ron Guth

Significant examples:
PCGS Proof-64 (illustrated above).  Offered at the October 2001 Long Beach Coin & Collectibles Exposition by Mid-American Rare Coin Galleries for $13,500.00

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7171, illustrated, sold for $6,325.00

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1478 at $4,600.00  Ex:  American Numismatic Association Convention Sale (Stack's August 1976, lot 2826)

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 685 at $891.00

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 234, illustrated, sold for $1,495.00  Purchased from Stanley Kesselman, April 28, 1967

AU-53.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 235, illustrated, sold for $575.00  Purchased from John Smies, June 10, 1967

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2177 at $460.00

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 4 PR-64's.

The finest Proof Deep Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PRDC-65.

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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