1838 $2.50 (Regular Strike)

Series: Classic Head $2 1/2 1834-1839

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS #:
7696
Designer:
William Kneass
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
18.20 millimeters
Weight:
4.18 grams
Mintage:
47,030
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major 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 400 R-6.2 6 / 11 TIE 6 / 11 TIE
60 or Better 50 R-8.5 7 / 11 7 / 11
65 or Better 9 R-9.6 5 / 11 5 / 11
Survival Estimate
All Grades 400
60 or Better 50
65 or Better 9
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.2
60 or Better R-8.5
65 or Better R-9.6
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 6 / 11 TIE
60 or Better 7 / 11
65 or Better 5 / 11
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 6 / 11 TIE
60 or Better 7 / 11
65 or Better 5 / 11

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS68 estimated grade

National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution

2 MS67 PCGS grade

John N. Rowe, III, sold privately in 1966 - Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1999:306 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 9/2015:2065, $235,000

3 MS66+ PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS65 PCGS grade
6 MS64 PCGS grade
6 MS64 PCGS grade
6 MS64 estimated grade
6 MS64 estimated grade
6 MS64 estimated grade
#1 MS68 estimated grade

National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution

#2 MS67 PCGS grade

John N. Rowe, III, sold privately in 1966 - Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1999:306 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 9/2015:2065, $235,000

#3 MS66+ PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#5 MS65 PCGS grade
#6 MS64 PCGS grade
#6 MS64 PCGS grade
#6 MS64 estimated grade
#6 MS64 estimated grade
#6 MS64 estimated grade
David Akers (1975/88): Once again, there is a different head of Liberty on the 1838 quarter eagle than there is on the preceding years of this basic type; it is somewhat similar to the 1834 large head. Strictly uncirculated specimens are very rare, comparable in rarity to the 1837, although as the auction records indicate, circulated specimens are somewhat more obtainable. This style head appears only on the 1838, although the head on the 1839/8 is virtually the same with only a few minor differences. The stars are noticeably smaller on the 1838 than they are on preceding issues of this type.