Coin Specifications

Category: Classic Head $2.50 (1834-1839)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 7,880
Obverse Designer: William Kneass
Reverse Designer: William Kneass
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.8990
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1208oz
Melt Value: $156.79 (9/23/2017)
Diameter: 18.2mm
Edge: Reeded
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1838 C $2.5 MS obverse 1838 C $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: This is the lowest mintage of the entire type and the only Classic Head quarter eagle with fewer than 10,000 coins struck. In the 1838 the Charlotte Mint began operations, taking advantage of nearby sources of gold. A single pair of dies was used to strike the first quarter eagles, and each coin shows crisp doubling of the mintmark, which at that time was on the obverse of the coins. Striking quality for this date is mixed, with many coins showing waviness on the cheek, presumably from a foreign substance adhering to the dies. Mint State examples are extremely rare, with only a dozen at that level graded by NGC. The finest example of the date was an NGC MS 64 that sold in 2000 for $34,500.

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Last Updated: 7/17/2017

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1838 C $2.5 MS
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Base $ 625 850 1625 3150 6800 9750 10500 12750 20500 28000 32500 35000 52500 78500 - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 64
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 63


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
9/19/2005 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg September 19-21, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 32/Lot# 2337 $11,500.00
2/9/2006 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2006 February Long Beach Signature Auction #400, 400/Lot# 2593 $21,850.00
2/1/2009 NGC MS 61   Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 1345 $19,550.00
7/7/2013 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/07/2013, 82/Lot# 116912 $7,700.00
8/6/2014 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 11049 $7,050.00
10/3/2016 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2016 October 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(3), 1240/Lot# 4011 $6,756.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1838 C $2.5 MS
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12601352163622933168404448155414574863537253786383019069103771268717423213240000
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1838 C $2.5 MS Prooflike
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 9069
Owner: Hornets Nest
 
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