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SERIES: Draped Bust $2 1/2 1796-1807
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1804 $2.50 14 Stars Reverse (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS63

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PCGS MS63
PCGS #:
7652
Diameter:
20.00 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot
Weight:
4.37 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
2,827
Metal Content:
91.7% Gold, 8.3% Copper
Auction Record:
$164,500 • PCGS MS63 • 5-19-2015 • Stack's/Bowers
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 147 R-7.5 9 / 11 10 / 12
60 or Better 20 R-9.1 7 / 11 8 / 12
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 11 1 / 12
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade

Superior 8/1975:1339 - RARCOA “Auction ‘82” 8/1982:900 - Bowers & Merena 8/1999:342 - American Numismatic Rarities “Oliver Jung Collection” 7/2004:83, $97,750 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1122, $164,500

1 MS63 PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

3 MS62 PCGS grade
3 MS62 PCGS grade  
3 MS62 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade

Superior 8/1975:1339 - RARCOA “Auction ‘82” 8/1982:900 - Bowers & Merena 8/1999:342 - American Numismatic Rarities “Oliver Jung Collection” 7/2004:83, $97,750 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1122, $164,500

1 MS63 PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

3 MS62 PCGS grade
3 MS62 PCGS grade  
3 MS62 PCGS grade  
3 MS62 PCGS grade  
3 MS62 PCGS grade  
3 MS62 PCGS grade  
9 MS61 PCGS grade  
9 MS61 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): Most of the total mintage of 3,327 for 1804 was undoubtedly this variety. Walter Breen, in his quarter eagle monograph, speculates that possibly 1,003 of the 3,327 were the 13 Stars variety and 2,324 were the 14 Star variety. This breakdown is highly unlikely because the difference in rarity of the two varieties is far greater than such a breakdown would indicate. Basing a guess on the relative rarity of the two varieties, and also on the rarity of the 1796 With Stars and 1797 which have mintages of just over 400, I would estimate that the mintage of the 1804 14 Star variety was at least 3,000 of the 3,237 total mintage for the year. It is interesting to note that the reverse die for this variety was also used on the 1804 dime with 14 Star reverse. A small number of choice examples exist including the pieces in the February, 1974 Stack's Sale and the 1975 ANA Sale conducted by Superior.