Estimated grade. Sold by B. Max Mehl Jun '41 price realized $105
David Akers (1975/88): The first year of issue after a brief hiatus of 13 years. The diameter is reduced from earlier issues but the weight is the same, resulting in coins with thicker planchets. The 1821 is also the first quarter eagle of which true proofs are known. A handful of choice uncirculated specimens also exist, and several of them have what appears to be a small planchet depression on the cheek, undoubtedly the result of some foreign substance adhering to the die during striking. The gem that realized a record $23,000 in Stack's November 1974 sale had such a small depression as does the coin in the Johns Hopkins University Collection (PCGS CoinFacts editor note: the Garrett collection).
Lorin G. Parmelee Collection - New York Stamp & Coin 6/1890:931 - John G. Mills Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 4/1904:537 - John H. Clapp Collection - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1982:90 - Jimmy Hayes Collection - Stack's “Auction ’84” 7/1984:1373 - Goliad Corporation (Mike Brownlee) - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 9/2015:2048, $558,125
Ohringer Family Trust Holdings - Goldbergs 9/2008:1227, $149,500
Stack's 1/2009:8600, $103,500
McCoy Family Collection of U.S. Early Gold Quarter Eagles - Heritage 1/2016:5536, $39,950