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SERIES: Capped Bust $2 1/2 1808-1834
LEVEL: Minor Variety or Die Variety

1808 $2.50 BD-1 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
45515
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Mintage:
2,710
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Auction Record:
$123,375 • NGC MS61 • 1-7-2015 • Heritage
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Condition Census (Explain)
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade

Lorin G. Parmelee Collection - New York Coin & Stamp 6/1890:856 - John Story Jenks Collecxtion - Henry Chapman 12/1921:5792 - Col. E.H.R. Green Collection - B. Max Mehl 5/1950:11 - Dr. J. Hewitt Judd Collection - Dr. Herbert Ketterman Collection, sold privately in 1982 - Jimmy Hayes Collection - Stack’s “Auction ’84" 7/1984:1372, $99,000 - David Akers “Auction’89” 7/1989:1361, $231,000 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1128

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade

Lorin G. Parmelee Collection - New York Coin & Stamp 6/1890:856 - John Story Jenks Collecxtion - Henry Chapman 12/1921:5792 - Col. E.H.R. Green Collection - B. Max Mehl 5/1950:11 - Dr. J. Hewitt Judd Collection - Dr. Herbert Ketterman Collection, sold privately in 1982 - Jimmy Hayes Collection - Stack’s “Auction ’84" 7/1984:1372, $99,000 - David Akers “Auction’89” 7/1989:1361, $231,000 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1128

P. Scott Rubin: The 1808 Quarter Eagle is a rare coin with a recorded mintage of only 2,710 coins. This is also a one-year-only type coin which makes it highly desirable for anyone collecting United States gold coinage. Much of what noted gold expert David Akers has said about this coin is still true today.

What has been left out of Mr. Akers’ information is his connection to the finest known specimen. The PCGS graded MS65 coin is the Col. Green – Dr. Hewitt Judd coin. This coin is finer than any other known 1808 Quarter Eagle. According to Mr. Akers, that coin was available privately during the 1972 ANA convention for the sum of $12,000. The next appearance of this coin after 1972 is the Stack’s offering in Auction’84 (lot 1372) where it brought $99,000. The last time this coin appeared on the market was in Auction’89 as lot 1361, where it was offered by David Akers and it sold for $231,000.

In 1989, Akers gave the pedigree of this finest known 1808 Quarter Eagle as: Col. Green, J. Hewitt Judd, Herbert Ketterman, Jimmy Hayes, Auction’84, Auction’89. This coin was graded MS-64 by Akers at its last auction appearance.