1841 $2.50 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $2 1/2 1840-1907

PCGS MS61

PCGS MS61

PCGS MS60

PCGS MS60

<BR>PCGS AU53<BR>Image courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions


PCGS AU53
Image courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

PCGS #:
87720
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
18.00 millimeters
Weight:
4.18 grams
Mintage:
N/A
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
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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 12 R-9.5 1 / 147 TIE 1 / 147 TIE
60 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 147 TIE 1 / 147 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 147 1 / 147
Survival Estimate
All Grades 12
60 or Better 1
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-9.5
60 or Better R-10.0
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 1 / 147 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 147 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 147
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 1 / 147 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 147 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 147

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS61 PCGS grade PCGS #87720 (MS)     61

Norweb Family Collection -
Bowers & Merena 3/1988:1970, $30,800 –
Superior “Auction ‘89” 7/1989:844, $30,800

2 AU58 PCGS grade PCGS #87720 (MS)     58

MARCG 5/1985:1223, $21,000 –
Superior Galleries “Heifetz” 10/1989:3995, $25,300 –
Akers “Auction ‘90” 8/1990:1841, $23,000 –
R.M. Limited Partnership –
Heritage 7/2009:1230, $132,250

3 AU53 PCGS grade

Stephen Baer –
Q. David Bowers -
Arthur Lamborn (one of two that he owned, per Breen) -
B&R "Fairfield" 10/1977:1481, $19,000 -
Kreisberg "Windsor" 11/1981:254, $19,500 –
Stack’s/Superior “Charles Kramer” 11/1988:115, $25,300 –
Superior 5/1989:1751, $25,300 –
Superior “Heifetz” 10/1989:3996, $20,350 –
B&M “Morgan & Leckar” 11/1998:2157, $74,000 -
Superior 1/2004:783, $86,250 -
Baltimore Collection, Part II -
Heritage 10/2011:4758, $132,250

3 AU53 PCGS grade  
	AU53 PCGS grade

Arthur Lamborn “Fairfield Collection” (duplicate) - Bowers & Ruddy “Herdman” 12/1977:6406, $17,500 - Heritage 2/2007:4375, $109,250 - Heritage 3/2014:30299, $164,500

5 AU50 estimated grade

Lilly Collection -
National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution

6 EF45 PCGS estimated grade EF45 PCGS estimated grade

Stack's “James A. Stack, Sr.” 10/1994:865, $66,000 -
David Lawrence Rare Coins “Richmond Collection” 7/2004:1097 –
Superior 1/2005:970, not sold -
Heritage 5/2005:8505, $103,500

6 EF45 PCGS grade PCGS #87720 (MS)     45
6 EF45 PCGS estimated grade

"...discovered in a safety deposit box, has remained unknown for many years and is now being offered at auction for the first time" (per Christie's description) - Christie's 4/1985:937 (plate-matched to the following) - Superior “Auction ‘86” 7/1986:1345 (as “Extremely Fine 45”), $18,700 - Heritage 4/2012:5220 (as NGC PR55 178815-002), $149,500

9 EF40 PCGS estimated grade

New York non-collector –
Empire Coins –
Empire Review #14 at $15,000 –
Arthur Lamborn (one of two that he owned, per Breen) –
Paramount “Auction ‘85” 7/1985:1419, $12,650 –
Superior 9/1999:1862 -
ANR 9/2005:1074, $92,000

10 VF35 estimated grade

Merkin 2/1972:368A, $11,000 (check the sale date; Bowers listed this as 6/1971) -
"Terrell' 5/1973:1009, $10,050 -
Stack's "Robison" 2/1979:115, $13,000

PCGS #87720 (MS)     61 #1 MS61 PCGS grade

Norweb Family Collection -
Bowers & Merena 3/1988:1970, $30,800 –
Superior “Auction ‘89” 7/1989:844, $30,800

PCGS #87720 (MS)     58 #2 AU58 PCGS grade

MARCG 5/1985:1223, $21,000 –
Superior Galleries “Heifetz” 10/1989:3995, $25,300 –
Akers “Auction ‘90” 8/1990:1841, $23,000 –
R.M. Limited Partnership –
Heritage 7/2009:1230, $132,250

#3 AU53 PCGS grade

Stephen Baer –
Q. David Bowers -
Arthur Lamborn (one of two that he owned, per Breen) -
B&R "Fairfield" 10/1977:1481, $19,000 -
Kreisberg "Windsor" 11/1981:254, $19,500 –
Stack’s/Superior “Charles Kramer” 11/1988:115, $25,300 –
Superior 5/1989:1751, $25,300 –
Superior “Heifetz” 10/1989:3996, $20,350 –
B&M “Morgan & Leckar” 11/1998:2157, $74,000 -
Superior 1/2004:783, $86,250 -
Baltimore Collection, Part II -
Heritage 10/2011:4758, $132,250

 
	AU53 PCGS grade 
#3 AU53 PCGS grade

Arthur Lamborn “Fairfield Collection” (duplicate) - Bowers & Ruddy “Herdman” 12/1977:6406, $17,500 - Heritage 2/2007:4375, $109,250 - Heritage 3/2014:30299, $164,500

#5 AU50 estimated grade

Lilly Collection -
National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution

EF45 PCGS estimated grade #6 EF45 PCGS estimated grade

Stack's “James A. Stack, Sr.” 10/1994:865, $66,000 -
David Lawrence Rare Coins “Richmond Collection” 7/2004:1097 –
Superior 1/2005:970, not sold -
Heritage 5/2005:8505, $103,500

PCGS #87720 (MS)     45 #6 EF45 PCGS grade
#6 EF45 PCGS estimated grade

"...discovered in a safety deposit box, has remained unknown for many years and is now being offered at auction for the first time" (per Christie's description) - Christie's 4/1985:937 (plate-matched to the following) - Superior “Auction ‘86” 7/1986:1345 (as “Extremely Fine 45”), $18,700 - Heritage 4/2012:5220 (as NGC PR55 178815-002), $149,500

#9 EF40 PCGS estimated grade

New York non-collector –
Empire Coins –
Empire Review #14 at $15,000 –
Arthur Lamborn (one of two that he owned, per Breen) –
Paramount “Auction ‘85” 7/1985:1419, $12,650 –
Superior 9/1999:1862 -
ANR 9/2005:1074, $92,000

#10 VF35 estimated grade

Merkin 2/1972:368A, $11,000 (check the sale date; Bowers listed this as 6/1971) -
"Terrell' 5/1973:1009, $10,050 -
Stack's "Robison" 2/1979:115, $13,000

Ron Guth:

The 1841 Quarter Eagle, also known as the "Little Princess" is one of the rarest of all United States coins, with 16 examples known. The 1841 Quarter Eagle was long considered a Proof-only issue, but the large number of circulated examples implied that a small quantity was minted for circulation. Unfortunately, Mint Reports give no indication that such a mintage occurred, however, this is also true for coins such as the 1870-S Half Dime, the 1870-S Silver Dollar, and others. On February 28, 2012, PCGS announced it would distinguish between circulation strike and Proof 1841 Quarter Eagles. This decision, while not unanimous among numismatic experts, represented a major policy shift, with profound implications for value and desirability of an already famous U.S. coin.