Estimated grade. Ex. Scott & Co, Sale (1894); Clapp Collection (1942). Sold by Bowers & Ruddy Oct '82 price realized $16,500. Lot #396.
David Akers (1975/88): This is the final year of this very rare type. As a date, i.e. with both varieties lumped together, the 1834 is possibly the most common date of the type, despite the fact that the mintage is at most 40% of the mintages for 1830-1833. This merely goes to show that mintages, particularly of early U.S. gold coins which experienced wide scale melting in 1834-1836, can be unreliable in determining rarity. The Plain 4 variety of the 1834 Motto is more often available than the Crosslet 4 variety. Gem quality coins are almost unobtainable and even AU or average uncirculated coins are not seen with any regularity.