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Obverse of 1878 Quarter Eagle     Reverse of 1878 Quarter Eagle


1878 $2-1/2 DOLLARS
OR QUARTER EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 7828, 7904

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 286,240
Proofs: 20

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 18 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 64.5 grains (4.2 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:
NGC MS-65 (illustrated above).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 687 at $2,300.00, where it was described (in part) as follows: "One of the finest seen of the date, NGC has only graded 17 this high, with 2 graded higher. Blazing mint luster in the fields, and the devices are boldly struck. A hint of toning on the high points of Liberty's upper curls, and along the eagle's wing tips. Hints of speckled copper toning can be seen with a glass, and very few ticks are noted--anywhere."

MS-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5670, illustrated, sold for $1,897.50

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8868, not plated, unsold

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 688 at $632.00

NGC MS-62.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2183 Not Sold

NGC MS-62.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 182, illustrated, sold for $379.50

MS-60.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 3953, not illustrated, sold for $299.00  From Superior Galleries 2/81:923

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1479 at $299.00

About Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1480 at $161.00

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

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-64'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

 
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