Owner's Comments

Fully struck, mellow gold coloring, with proof-like appearance.

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88)

Along with the 1879 and 1880, the 1882 is seen more often in choice condition than one might normally expect from the very low mintage. I am unaware of any hoards of this date as there were in the case of the 1879 and 1880, but for some reason there is a relatively large number of very choice specimens available. This date has also been widely counterfeited and, unfortunately, the fakes of this date are among the most deceptive that I have seen. All of the business strike 1882's that I have encountered have had an abnormality under the 2 in the date. It appears as though it might have been a 2 that was originally punched too high and for this reason it has often been called the "High 2" variety. A number of fully proof-like first strikes exist of this date. Of course, if a particular coin is the High 2 variety, it is not a proof, since as I indicated in my book on quarter eagles, it is my opinion that proofs and business strikes of gold coins were never struck from the same dies.
Diameter
20.50 millimeters
Designer
James Barton Longacre
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
1500
Weight
5.02 grams
Metal Content
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
13
Pop Lower
249
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 1000 R-5.0 26 / 41 TIE 26 / 41 TIE
All Grades 225 R-6.7 30 / 41 30 / 41
60 or Better 12 R-9.5 16 / 41 TIE 16 / 41 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade

David & Sharron Akers Collection - Heritage 1/2014:5396, $105,750 - Bob R. Simpson Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 5/2014:399, $94,000 - D.L. Hansen Collection

1 MS67 PCGS grade

Richard C. Jewell Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 3/2005:651, $72,450

3 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade

Great Lakes Collection - Hanks & Associates, sold privately as an entire collection in 10/2005 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 2/2016:3124, $29,375

4 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

4 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

Jim Dixon Collection (PCGS Set Registry)