Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Commemoratives (1903-1926)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 45,793
Catalog: KM-161
Obverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Reverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $161.28 (7/29/2016)
Diameter: 18mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1926 AMERICAN SESQUICENTENNIAL $2.5 MS obverse 1926 AMERICAN SESQUICENTENNIAL $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

July 4th, 1926 marked the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. To mark this important anniversary, the National Sesquicentennial Exhibition Association envisioned the release an entire series of commemorative coins. This plan was eventually pared back to just two coins however, a half dollar, and a $2.5 quarter eagle gold piece. The bill passed by Congress on March 3rd, 1925, authorized the striking of up to on million half dollars and 200,000 gold quarter eagles.

The chief sculptor-engraver of the U.S. Mint, John Ray Sinnock, was entrusted to design the coins. Sinnock’s design for the quarter eagle features a full figure of Liberty standing upon a partial globe. In her left hand she holds a long scroll which represents the Declaration of Independence. The legends UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and LIBERTY are arranged in arcs around the periphery. 1776 and 1926 appear to the left and right of her figure, respectively. On its reverse, this issue displays a frontal elevation of the Pennsylvania State House, now known as Independence Hall. Above Independence Hall, divided by the belfry, is the motto IN GOD WE TRUST. Our national motto E PLURIBUS UNUM appears below. Arranged around the periphery are the inscriptions SESQUICENTENNIAL OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE and 2 ½ DOLLARS.

Partially due to the low relief of the coins, they were not very popular. Even though the mint had struck the full allotment of coins, only 45,793 of the gold quarter eagles sold during the Sesquicentennial Exhibition in Philadelphia from June to November of 1926. The remaining coins were returned to the Mint to be destroyed.

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1926 AMERICAN SESQUICENTENNIAL $2.5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - 265 310 375 415 430 445 475 490 520 555 725 1175 3100 11750 65000 - - -
$ 400 425 435 460 485 510 535 615 800 1350 3600 14000 70000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 7479
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


Upcoming Auctions

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8/2/2016 MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131631/Lot# 22213
8/14/2016 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(6), 1238/Lot# 8775
8/14/2016 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(6), 1238/Lot# 8779


Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
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7/11/2004 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1907, 1907/Lot# 1730 $577.50
9/10/2006 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 2558 $575.00
1/30/2012 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 658, 665/Lot# 1552 $1,173.00
5/27/2012 PCGS MS 65   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1423 $1,755.00
3/31/2013 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/31/2013, 68/Lot# 105642 $368.50
10/19/2014 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131443/Lot# 27598 $317.25
10/10/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 16247 $734.38
4/22/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1219/Lot# 8775 $881.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1926 AMERICAN SESQUICENTENNIAL $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base67870372975483894910131013103610591103112411731219142118212948580110515222854080073980
6867127377828759701013102110441074111011401188128615542197389973721443828457518600
000000101310211044107411101140118812861554219738997372144382845700
000000101310281051108811171157120413541688257248508944183623462800
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 7372
Owner: RDN
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 3899
Owner: Alan Lastufka
 
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