Classic Quarter Eagle - In 1834 the weight of the quarter
eagle was reduced to 4.18 grams, and the fineness changed
to .8992 gold. These changes, made after July 31st, caused
the quarter eagle to circulate at face value, which it had
not done since 1821. The new design made it easy for the public
to differentiate the new coins from the previous issue.
The new coins had a mintage of 112,234, significantly
higher than previous issues. Consequently a range of grades
is available today. PCGS has certified 631 pieces, and NGC
has 930 listed. Both services have an MS66, and NGC has certified
an MS66 PL. Only 7 or 8 proof coins are known. PCGS has certified
4 and NGC has 8. Obviously these numbers have resulted from
resubmissions and crossovers.