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Obverse of 1881 Quarter Eagle     Reverse of 1881 Quarter Eagle

1881 $2-1/2 DOLLARS

PCGS Nos: 7833, 7907, 87907, 97907


Circulation strikes: 640
Proofs: 51

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 Superior Galleries

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-63.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 3954, illustrated, sold for $10,925.00

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 244, illustrated, sold for $12,650.00  From Abe Kosoff's sale of the Shuford Collection, April 1968, Lot 1767

NGC AU-58 (illustrated above).  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", June 5-7, 2000, Lot 2113 @ $4,025.00

PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1218, illustrated, sold for $4,255.00

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

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

The finest Cameo Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-62.

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