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

1805 $2.50 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS60
PCGS #:
7653
Diameter:
20.00 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot
Weight:
4.37 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
1,781
Metal Content:
91.7% Gold, 8.3% Copper
Auction Record:
$381,875 • PCGS MS64+ • 5-19-2015 • Stack's/Bowers
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 108 R-7.9 8 / 11 9 / 12
60 or Better 10 R-9.5 6 / 11 7 / 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 MS64+ PCGS grade

Catherine Bullowa’s Personal Collection - Coinhunter 12/2005:397, $253,000 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1123, $381,875

2 MS63 PCGS grade

Baldwin’s 1/2008:921 - Eric Streiner, sold privately - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1124, $129,250

2 MS63 estimated grade   Stack's 1/2005:3140, $13,225
4 MS62 PCGS grade  
4 MS62 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64+ PCGS grade

Catherine Bullowa’s Personal Collection - Coinhunter 12/2005:397, $253,000 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1123, $381,875

2 MS63 PCGS grade

Baldwin’s 1/2008:921 - Eric Streiner, sold privately - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1124, $129,250

2 MS63 estimated grade   Stack's 1/2005:3140, $13,225
4 MS62 PCGS grade  
4 MS62 PCGS grade  
7 MS61 PCGS grade  

Heritage 1/2007:3389, $37,375

7 MS61 estimated grade  
7 MS61 estimated grade  
7 MS61 estimated grade  
34 MS62 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): One of the three most common dates of this type, the other two being the 1802/1 and 1807. However, common by early quarter eagle standards is rare by any other standars, and probably no more than 75 to 100 1805 quarter eagles exist in all grades. The obverse stars are arranged 7 to the left and 6 to the right as they were in 1797. The 5 in the date is very small in proportion to the other three numerals. Most specimens that I have seen are proof-like or partially so, and adjustment marks are commonplace, as they are on most early U.S. gold coins. The number of auction records for uncirculated pieces is a bit surprising since I have found the 1805 to be just as rare in Unc. as the 1802/1 or 1804 and certainly more rare than the 1807.

Ron Guth: The 1805 Quarter Eagle has turned out to be just a trifle more scarce than David Akers anticipated.  The PCGS Population Report shows the 1805 as the fourth most common datre of the type, after 1802, 1804, and 1807.  If all the major varieties are added together, then the 1798 becomes more common than the 1805.  In Mint State, the 1805 is one of the rarest DATES in the series and it is also one of the most difficult to find in high grade.

Fortunately for die variety collectors, there is only one variety for the year.

The finest 1805 Quarter Eagle known today is the PCGS MS64+ from the D. Brent Pogue Collection (see the PCGS Coinfacts Condition Census listed above).