1798 $2.50 Wide Date VF30

PCGS#: 7649

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Ex. Wetmore; Chapman Sale (1906) Sold by Bowers and Merena Nov '83 price realized $4400

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): There are two main varieties for this year. the first has a compact date and 4 berries on the reverse. The other major variety, significantly more rare, has a widely spaced date and 5 berries on the reverse. Both varieties of this year have a unique obverse star configuration; namely 6 stars to the left, and 7 to the right. No other date of this type has a similar arrangement.

Despite the fact that there are three auction records for "proofs", I do not believe that true proofs really exist. Most likely the three pieces listed were merely pieces with full proof-like surfaces. By far, the finest 1798 quarter eagle that I have seen was a gem owned a few years ago by Stack's.

Diameter: 20.00 millimeters Designer: Robert Scot Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 1,094 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 50 R-8.5 6 / 11 6 / 12
60 or Better 8 R-9.6 5 / 11 5 / 12 TIE
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 11 TIE 1 / 12 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS62 PCGS grade
2 MS62 PCGS grade Heritage 1/2011:5019 (as PCGS MS62 01589729), $115,000
2 MS62 PCGS grade  
2 MS62 PCGS grade