1821 $2.50 (Proof)

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Robert Scot
18.50 millimeters
4.37 grams
91.7% Gold, 8.3% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
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For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
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Grades Survival
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 4 R-9.8 1 / 1 N/A
60 or Better 4 R-9.8 1 / 1 N/A
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 1 N/A
Survival Estimate
All Grades 4
60 or Better 4
65 or Better 1
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-9.8
60 or Better R-9.8
65 or Better R-10.0
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 1 / 1
60 or Better 1 / 1
65 or Better 1 / 1
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades N/A
60 or Better N/A
65 or Better N/A

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 PR64 PCGS grade
2 PR64 estimated grade
#1 PR64 PCGS grade
#2 PR64 estimated grade
David Akers (1975/88): The 1821 is the first quarter eagle of which true proofs are known, perhaps three or four in all.
Ron Guth:

The 121 Quarter Eagle in Proof condition is a great rarity, with only about four or five examples known. Since 1980, only five auctions contained a Proof 1821 Quarter Eagle, and at least one of those is a confirmed duplication. The last time one of these Proofs appeared at auction was in 2007, when a PCGS PR64CAM sold for $241,500.

The difference in appearance between Proof and Mint State versions of this date is dramatic, particularly in the area of strike. Most of the coins made for use in circulation have flatness on the stars, the high points, Liberty's hair, and on some of the eagle's feathers. Not so with the Proofs, which all show sharp star, hair, and feather detail. No documentation exists to explain the reason for striking Proof Quarter Eagles in 1821.