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SERIES: Capped Bust $2 1/2 1808-1834
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1821 $2.50 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS62
PCGS #:
7662
Diameter:
18.50 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot
Weight:
4.37 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
6,448
Metal Content:
91.7% Gold, 8.3% Copper
Auction Record:
$149,500 • PCGS MS64 • 9-16-2008 • Ira & Larry Goldberg
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 50 R-8.5 2 / 5 TIE 3 / 12 TIE
60 or Better 20 R-9.1 4 / 5 6 / 12
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 3 / 5 TIE 5 / 12 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Lorin G. Parmelee Collection - New York Stamp & Coin 6/1890:931 - John G. Mills Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 4/1904:537 - John H. Clapp Collection - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1982:90 - Jimmy Hayes Collection - Stack's “Auction ’84” 7/1984:1373 -  Goliad Corporation (Mike Brownlee) - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 9/2015:2048, $558,125

2 MS65 estimated grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade  

Ohringer Family Trust Holdings - Goldbergs 9/2008:1227, $149,500

4 MS63 PCGS grade  

Stack's 1/2009:8600, $103,500

5 MS62 PCGS grade

McCoy Family Collection of U.S. Early Gold Quarter Eagles - Heritage 1/2016:5536, $39,950

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Lorin G. Parmelee Collection - New York Stamp & Coin 6/1890:931 - John G. Mills Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 4/1904:537 - John H. Clapp Collection - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1982:90 - Jimmy Hayes Collection - Stack's “Auction ’84” 7/1984:1373 -  Goliad Corporation (Mike Brownlee) - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 9/2015:2048, $558,125

2 MS65 estimated grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade  

Ohringer Family Trust Holdings - Goldbergs 9/2008:1227, $149,500

4 MS63 PCGS grade  

Stack's 1/2009:8600, $103,500

5 MS62 PCGS grade

McCoy Family Collection of U.S. Early Gold Quarter Eagles - Heritage 1/2016:5536, $39,950

5 MS62 PCGS grade  
5 MS62 PCGS grade  
5 MS62 PCGS grade  
9 MS62 PCGS grade  
9 MS61 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): The first year of issue after a brief hiatus of 13 years. The diameter is reduced from earlier issues but the weight is the same, resulting in coins with thicker planchets. The 1821 is also the first quarter eagle of which true proofs are known. A handful of choice uncirculated specimens also exist, and several of them have what appears to be a small planchet depression on the cheek, undoubtedly the result of some foreign substance adhering to the die during striking. The gem that realized a record $23,000 in Stack's November 1974 sale had such a small depression as does the coin in the Johns Hopkins University Collection (PCGS CoinFacts editor note: the Garrett collection).