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1883 $2-1/2 DOLLARS

PCGS Nos: 7835, 7909, 87909, 97909


Circulation strikes: 1,920
Proofs: 82

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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Significant examples:

Recent appearances:
NGC Proof-65 Cameo.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1285, illustrated, sold for $11,500.00

Brilliant Proof, nearly Choice in quality.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1659, plated, sold for $3,220.00

NGC MS-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7172,  illustrated, sold for $2,760.00

AU-53.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 246, illustrated, sold for $1,092.50  From Abe Kosoff's sale of August 1968, Lot 849

The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 4 MS-62's.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 3 PR-66's.

The finest Cameo Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-64.

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