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1880 $2-1/2 DOLLARS
OR QUARTER EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 7832, 7906, 87906, 97906

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 2,960
Proofs: 36

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:
PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 242, illustrated, sold for $3,680.00  Purchased from the Goliad Corporation, earlier from the Bowers and Merena sale of the Fairfield Collection, October 1977, Lot 1629

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1284, illustrated, sold for $2,990.00  Ex Bass

MS-62.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 243, illustrated, sold for $1,092.50  From Lester Merkin's sale of March 1967, Lot 411

MS-60.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5671, not illustrated, sold for $1,150.00

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 5 MS-65's.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-65's (The October 2001 PCGS Population Report listed a single PR-66 as the finest know proof example - it has since been removed from the report).

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

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

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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