Classic Head $2.5

Obverse of 1836 Quarter Eagle
Reverse of 1836 Quarter Eagle

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Q. David Bowers (derived from the PCGS Coin Guide): As noted, quarter eagles produced after August 1, 1834 lacked the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM on the reverse to immediately distinguish them from the earlier issues, and were stylistically different in other ways as well. Known as the Classic Head type, quarter eagles of this style were produced continuously through 1839. There are no famous rarities among Classic Head quarter eagles, although the 1838-C, with its low mintage of 7,880 pieces, must be counted as elusive, especially as contrasted to the most prolific issue of the era, the 1836 Philadelphia Mint quarter eagle which posted a production of 547,986.