David Akers (1975/88): This is a distinct and highly desireable type coin since all subsequent quarter eagles have stars on the obverse. The reverse has 16 stars above the eagle. Most specimens that I have seen are weakly struck on the hair curls around the face, and some specimens also show various degrees of deterioration in the die at the E of LIBERTY. The majority of known pieces are proof-like or at least partially so. A small number of relatively choice uncirculated examples exist, and claims that only 15 to 20 pieces are known seem to me to be exaggerated. A closer estimate of the number extant would probably be between 30 and 40.
Lorin Parmelee Collection - New York Coin and Stamp Co. 6/1890:719 - Col. Robert C.H. Brock Collection - University of Pennsylvania - Philip H. Ward, Jr. Collection - Stack's 5/1964:1660, $7,750 - Lelan Rogers Collection - Stack’s “Numisma '95” 11/1995:1498, $605,000 - American Numismatic Rarities 6/2005:1002, $1,380,000 - Madison Collection - Heritage 1/2008:3058, $1,725,000
James Swan Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 7/2004:82, $345,000 - Stack's 7/2008:2324, $488,750
Harold P. Newlin, sold privately on 10/31/1884 - T. Harrison Garrett Collection - Robert Garrett Collection - John Works Garrett Collection - Johns Hopkins University Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 3/1980:732, $125,000 - Ed Hipps, sold privately - John Walter Whitney Collection - Stack's 5/1999:1787, $299,000 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1116, $822,500
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