Quarter Eagle - The 1797 Quarter Eagle
had an original mintage of 427 pieces. (Some researchers believe
that the mintage was 585.) In any case, less than 30 pieces
are known to exist today.
There are thirteen obverse
stars arranged seven on the right and six on the left. All
issues have a very distinctive die break in the right field
that extends from the Y down in front of Liberty’s face
to the rim below star 13. This die break does not affect the
quality of the strike. Most pieces are well-defined on both
The reverse has sixteen stars
scattered randomly above the eagle and sixteen stripes on
the shield. Evidently the die was made in 1796 and reused.
It was used again to make the 1798/7 dime.
With less than one millimeter
difference in the diameters of the two coins, the reverse
dies were interchangeable. Quarter eagle dies were used to
strike dimes later as well.
Weight: 4.37 grams
Composition: .9167 gold, .0833 silver
Diameter: approximately 20 millimeters