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1891 $2-1/2 DOLLARS
OR QUARTER EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 7843, 7917, 97917

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 10,960
Proofs: 80

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:
PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1286, illustrated, sold for $11,500.00

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof Cameo-64.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25- 27, Lot 3599, sold for $10,925.00

PCGS Proof-63.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 185, illustrated, sold for $4,370.00

MS-63.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5996, not illustrated, sold for $747.50

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8870, not plated, sold for $575.00

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

Proof 1891 Quarter Eagles were sold by the Mint as part of four-piece Gold Proof Sets and/or they were available individually for $2.75 each!  

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

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

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

"An Index of the Coins & Medals of The Cabinet of the Mint of the United States at Philadelphia" by R.A. McClure, Curator, 1891

 
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