1796 $2.50 No Stars AU55

CERTIFICATION#: -26165
PCGS#: 7645

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Ex. Newlin (1884) Sold by Bowers & Ruddy Mar '80 Price realized $125000

Expert Comments

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.

Diameter: 20.00 millimeters Designer: Robert Scot Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 963 Weight: 4.37 grams Metal Content: 91.7% Gold, 8.3% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 88 R-8.1 1 / 1 8 / 12
60 or Better 7 R-9.6 1 / 1 5 / 12 TIE
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 1 1 / 12 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  

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

2 MS64 estimated grade  
3 MS62+ PCGS grade

James Swan Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 7/2004:82, $345,000 - Stack's 7/2008:2324, $488,750

3 MS62 PCGS grade  
3 MS62 PCGS grade