1798 $2.50 Close Date (Regular Strike)

Series: Draped Bust $2 1/2 1796-1807

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

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PCGS AU58

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU58

PCGS #:
97649
Designer:
Robert Scot
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
20.00 millimeters
Weight:
4.37 grams
Mintage:
1,094
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
91.7% Gold, 8.3% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 30 R-8.9 3 / 11 TIE 3 / 12 TIE
60 or Better 3 R-9.8 1 / 11 TIE 1 / 12 TIE
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 11 TIE 1 / 12 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 30
60 or Better 3
65 or Better 1
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-8.9
60 or Better R-9.8
65 or Better R-10.0
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 3 / 11 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 11 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 11 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 3 / 12 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 12 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 12 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade

Norman Stack Collection, sold privately in 1990 - Eric Streiner - Superior 8/1991:664, $291,500 - Sotheby’s 6/2000:359 (as PCGS MS65), $268,500 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1119, $763,750

2 MS62 PCGS estimated grade

Bowers & Merena 9/1984:2432 - David W. Akers “Auction '89” 7/1989:1358 - Chalkley Collection - Superior 1/1990:4337 - Superior “Auction '90” 8/1990:1249 - Superior 8/1991:665 - Superior 5/1993:1377 - Heritage 4/2008:2405, $218,500

3 AU55 PCGS grade
4 AU53 PCGS grade

Dr. Douglas Roane Collection - Heritage 9/2003:7684, $29,900

4 AU53 estimated grade

H. Jeff Browning "Dallas Bank" Collection - Sotheby's/Stack's 10/2001:298, $29,900 - Stack’s/Bowers 9/2011:5833, $48,875

4 AU53 estimated grade

James A. Stack Collection -Stack's 10/1994:832 - Ed Price Collection - Heritage 7/2008:1454, $48,875

7 AU50 estimated grade

Byron Reed Collection - Western Heritage Museum - Spink America 10/1996:42, $17,050 - Dr. James A. Ferrendelli Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 2/2016:170, $28,200

#1 MS65 PCGS grade

Norman Stack Collection, sold privately in 1990 - Eric Streiner - Superior 8/1991:664, $291,500 - Sotheby’s 6/2000:359 (as PCGS MS65), $268,500 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1119, $763,750

#2 MS62 PCGS estimated grade

Bowers & Merena 9/1984:2432 - David W. Akers “Auction '89” 7/1989:1358 - Chalkley Collection - Superior 1/1990:4337 - Superior “Auction '90” 8/1990:1249 - Superior 8/1991:665 - Superior 5/1993:1377 - Heritage 4/2008:2405, $218,500

#3 AU55 PCGS grade
#4 AU53 PCGS grade

Dr. Douglas Roane Collection - Heritage 9/2003:7684, $29,900

#4 AU53 estimated grade

H. Jeff Browning "Dallas Bank" Collection - Sotheby's/Stack's 10/2001:298, $29,900 - Stack’s/Bowers 9/2011:5833, $48,875

#4 AU53 estimated grade

James A. Stack Collection -Stack's 10/1994:832 - Ed Price Collection - Heritage 7/2008:1454, $48,875

#7 AU50 estimated grade

Byron Reed Collection - Western Heritage Museum - Spink America 10/1996:42, $17,050 - Dr. James A. Ferrendelli Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 2/2016:170, $28,200

Gordon Wrubel: There are only two die varieties of 1798 $2 1/2 dollar gold pieces. These are comprised of two distinct obverses and reverses: The Close Date with a 4 Berry reverse, Bass-Dannreuther, BD-1, and the Wide Date with a 5 Berry reverse, BD-2. While both varieties are rare, the Bass-Dannreuther research has shown that the former, BD-1, is about TWICE as rare as the latter, BD-2, in all grades including Mint State.

Quickfinder Notes: Of course the two varieties can be distinguished by counting the berries in the branch held in the eagle's left claw. But the obverse dies are also distinctive. The Close Date has the digits rather closely spaced and the 8 is CLEAR OF THE BUST. The Wide Date has noticeably wider spaced digits and the 8 is EMBEDDED IN THE BUST drapery.