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QUARTER EAGLES - CAPPED BUST QUARTER EAGLES (1808 - 1834)
Quater Eagles

Quarter Eagles - The next major design change took place in 1808. The Capped Bust quarter eagle was a one-year-type coin with a mintage of 2,710. The reverse was similar to the previous issues. No further quarter eagles were released until 1821. The 1808 issue did not circulated widely, and, consequently, many AU pieces are available today.

Specifications:
Weight: 4.37 grams
Composition: .9167 gold, .0833 silver and copper
Diameter: approx. 20 millimeters
Edge: reeded


Quarter Eagles - The 1821 to 1827 issue was the Capped Head, Large Diameter quarter eagle. The smaller head of this design allowed the designer, John Reich, to encircle the head with stars. Mintages for the series were low, all under 7,000 pieces. In 1826, only 760 were minted using an overdate die. The 1824 issue was also an overdate. The Mint seemed more interested in coins of other denominations, especially large cents and half dollars.

Specifications:
Weight: 4.37 grams
Composition: .9167 gold, .0833 silver and copper
Diameter: approx. 20 millimeters
Edge: reeded


Quarter Eagles - The Capped Head, Reduced Diameter quarter eagle was issued from 1829 to 1834. New machinery introduced allowed the new coins to be struck in a close collar. Since the metal of the coin was restricted, the spread of the metal during striking was limited; the coins had uniform diameters and uniformly thick planchets. The new collars also placed reeding on the coins’ edges at the time of striking. Also struck in small numbers, the highest mintage of the series was 4,540 in 1830. Because the price of gold was rising during the time that this series was minted, many were melted for their bullion value. Consequently, few were saved, and few unimpaired examples exist today.

Specifications:
Weight: 4.37 grams
Composition: .9167 gold, .0833 silver and copper
Diameter: 18.2 millimeters
Edge: reeded

DATE NOTES
1808 Quarter Eagle One date only type coin. Exceedingly rare in all grades especially Mint State.
1821 Quarter Eagle Prohibitively rare in all grades, only 40 to 60 known. 3 proofs at NGC, 2 proofs at PCGS. Look for depression on Liberty’s cheek.
1824 Quarter Eagle All examples of this date are 1824/1 overdates, only 40 to 60 known. Only known proof is in the National Numismatic Collection.
1824/1 Quarter Eagle Rare - Pop: 5/4.
1825 Quarter Eagle Exceedingly rare in all grades, look for Distant Fraction variety.
1826 Quarter Eagle All examples of this date are 1826/5 overdates, 30 to 35 known. Only 3 certified in Mint State.
1827 Quarter Eagle Exceedingly rare in all grades, only 40 to 60 known.
1829 Quarter Eagle First issue using close collar technology, very rare in all grades, especially above MS62.
1830 Quarter Eagle Exceedingly rare in all grades. Unknown above MS65.
1831 Quarter Eagle Excessively rare in all grades, especially above MS64. 3 proofs at NGC, 2 proofs at PCGS.
1832 Quarter Eagle Exceedingly rare in all grades, only 1 certified in MS64 with 0 finer, usually weakly struck.
1833 Quarter Eagle Exceedingly rare in all grades, especially above MS64. 2 proofs at NGC, 1 proof at PCGS.
1834 Quarter Eagle With motto on reverse. Prohibitively rare in all grades, especially so in Mint State. Only 16 to 20 known in all grades.
Early  Quarter Eagles


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Quarter Eagles - Capped Bust Quarter Eagles 1808 - 1834 - Early Quarter Eagles

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