Coin Specifications

Category: Classic Head $2.50 (1834-1839)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 47,030
Obverse Designer: William Kneass
Reverse Designer: William Kneass
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.8990
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1208oz
Melt Value: $154.84 (10/20/2017)
Diameter: 18.2mm
Edge: Reeded
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1838 $2.5 MS obverse 1838 $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1838 Classic Head quarter eagles are very hard to locate in Mint State preservation and nearly impossible when of Choice or Gem quality. The mintage of this issue was pegged at 47,030 coins, with nearly all immediately entering circulation. This entire mintage was accomplished with just a single die pairing, so far as we know, for there has never been a second die variety of this date discovered.

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Last Updated: 7/17/2017

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1838 $2.5 MS
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Base $ 440 500 600 725 1000 1475 1650 1900 2950 3850 4250 6550 12350 20500 58500 85000 305000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 105000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 297
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67


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11/4/2017 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1261/Lot# 17743


Auction Prices Realized

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11/7/2003 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2003 November Signature Sale #334, 334/Lot# 7128 $603.75
3/14/2004 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1856, 1856/Lot# 1573 $1,540.00
2/5/2006 NGC MS 64   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 894 $13,800.00
6/5/2006 NGC VF 30   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 90, 95/Lot# 1111 $690.00
3/21/2013 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 March 21 -22 & 24 US Coin Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1183/Lot# 8151 $514.65
6/5/2013 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1186/Lot# 8842 $558.13
7/11/2014 PCGS XF 40   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 6920 $675.63
8/31/2014 NGC XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 216087 $800.00
1/7/2015 NGC VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(9), 1216/Lot# 11260 $540.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1838 $2.5 MS Prooflike
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1838 $2.5 MS
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Base111631811105114161707194520872281240125853080404853677077842813748197372879642659
11211691891117215131786199221512321246227503402448759377527102011574422756334170
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0000001610186520392216236125232915372549276507797711974177402577600
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 3080
Owner: HalfCentsAndMore
 
Grade: AU Details
Points: 854
Owner: B.L. Birdy
 
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