1838 $2.50 AU55

CERTIFICATION#: -35088
PCGS#: 7696

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Ex. Seitz (1953) Sold by David Akers Numismatics May '98 Price realized $2420

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): Once again, there is a different head of Liberty on the 1838 quarter eagle than there is on the preceeding years of this basic type; it is somewhat similar to the 1834 large head. Strictly uncirculated specimens are very rare, comparable in rarity to the 1837, although as the auction records indicate, circulated specimens are somewhat more obtainable. This style head appears only on the 1838, although the head on the 1839/8 is virtually the same with only a few minor differences. The stars are noticeably smaller on the 1838 than they are on preceeding issues of this type.

Diameter: 17.50 millimeters Designer: William Kneass Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 47,030 Weight: 4.18 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
2
400
3
370
4
340
6
350
10
375
1
12
400
15
450
45+
1,175
50+
1,300
53+
1,525
55+
1,875
58+
2,750
62+
7,400
63+
15,000
64+
25,000
65+
67,500
66+
100,000
1
67
135,000
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 400 R-6.2 6 / 11 TIE 6 / 11 TIE
60 or Better 50 R-8.5 7 / 11 7 / 11
65 or Better 9 R-9.6 5 / 11 5 / 11

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS66+ PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS64 PCGS grade