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Obverse of 1886 Quarter Eagle     Reverse of 1886 Quarter Eagle

1886 $2-1/2 DOLLARS

PCGS Nos: 7838, 7912, 87912, 97912


Circulation strikes: 4,000
Proofs: 88

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) below the eagle on the reverse

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.

Significant examples:
PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc. "The Pre-Long Beach Auction", January 25-28, 2004, Lot 3128, illustrated, bought back by the consignor for $7762.50

Recent appearances:
MS-62.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 249, illustrated, not sold  Purchased from  Rowe and Brownlee, December 13, 1967

ANACS MS-60.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8869, not plated, sold for $776.25

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1484 at $977.50

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2187 at $517.50

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

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-66's.

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

The finest Deep Cameo Proof examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-65'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