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1879 $2-1/2 DOLLARS
OR QUARTER EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 7830, 7905

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 88,960
Proofs: 30

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

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Recent appearances:
NGC MS-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2186, unsold

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1481, sold for $316.25

MS-63.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 240, illustrated, sold for $1,207.50  From Lester Merkin's sale of March 1969, Lot 106

IGC MS-62.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 998, not plated, sold for $402.50

MS-60+.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 689, sold for $414.00

Choice EF.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1482, sold for $149.50

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 4 MS-66's.

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-66.

The finest Proof Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PRCA-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

 
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