1805 $2.50 (Regular Strike)

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

PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64+

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PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

PCGS #:
7653
Designer:
Robert Scot
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
20.00 millimeters
Weight:
4.37 grams
Mintage:
1,781
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
91.7% Gold, 8.3% Copper
Major Varieties

Die Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 108 R-7.9 8 / 11 9 / 12
60 or Better 10 R-9.5 6 / 11 7 / 12
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 11 1 / 12
Survival Estimate
All Grades 108
60 or Better 10
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-7.9
60 or Better R-9.5
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 8 / 11
60 or Better 6 / 11
65 or Better 1 / 11
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 9 / 12
60 or Better 7 / 12
65 or Better 1 / 12

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS64+ PCGS grade  
	MS64 PCGS grade

Catherine Bullowa’s Personal Collection - Coinhunter 12/2005:397, $253,000 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1123, $381,875

2 MS63 PCGS grade

Baldwin’s 1/2008:921 - Eric Streiner, sold privately - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1124, $129,250

2 MS63 estimated grade Stack's 1/2005:3140, $13,225
4 MS62 PCGS grade
4 MS62 PCGS grade
7 MS61 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2007:3389, $37,375

7 MS61 estimated grade
7 MS61 estimated grade
7 MS61 estimated grade
34 MS62 PCGS grade
 
	MS64 PCGS grade 
#1 MS64+ PCGS grade

Catherine Bullowa’s Personal Collection - Coinhunter 12/2005:397, $253,000 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1123, $381,875

#2 MS63 PCGS grade

Baldwin’s 1/2008:921 - Eric Streiner, sold privately - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1124, $129,250

#2 MS63 estimated grade
Stack's 1/2005:3140, $13,225
#4 MS62 PCGS grade
#4 MS62 PCGS grade
#7 MS61 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2007:3389, $37,375

#7 MS61 estimated grade
#7 MS61 estimated grade
#7 MS61 estimated grade
#34 MS62 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88): One of the three most common dates of this type, the other two being the 1802/1 and 1807. However, common by early quarter eagle standards is rare by any other standars, and probably no more than 75 to 100 1805 quarter eagles exist in all grades. The obverse stars are arranged 7 to the left and 6 to the right as they were in 1797. The 5 in the date is very small in proportion to the other three numerals. Most specimens that I have seen are proof-like or partially so, and adjustment marks are commonplace, as they are on most early U.S. gold coins. The number of auction records for uncirculated pieces is a bit surprising since I have found the 1805 to be just as rare in Unc. as the 1802/1 or 1804 and certainly more rare than the 1807.
Ron Guth:

The 1805 Quarter Eagle has turned out to be just a trifle more scarce than David Akers anticipated. The PCGS Population Report shows the 1805 as the fourth most common datre of the type, after 1802, 1804, and 1807. If all the major varieties are added together, then the 1798 becomes more common than the 1805. In Mint State, the 1805 is one of the rarest DATES in the series and it is also one of the most difficult to find in high grade.

Fortunately for die variety collectors, there is only one variety for the year.

The finest 1805 Quarter Eagle known today is the PCGS MS64+ from the D. Brent Pogue Collection (see the PCGS Coinfacts Condition Census listed above).