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

1833 $2.50 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66

PCGS AU58
PCGS #:
7673
Diameter:
18.20 millimeters
Designer:
William Kneass
Weight:
4.37 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
4,160
Metal Content:
91.7% Gold, 8.3% Copper
Auction Record:
$124,998 • NGC MS67 • 8-1-2002 • Superior Galleries
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 97 R-8.0 2 / 6 6 / 12
60 or Better 30 R-8.9 2 / 6 7 / 12
65 or Better 4 R-9.8 2 / 6 5 / 12 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Goldbergs 9/1999:1669, $115,000 - Superior 3/2000:722 - Superior 8/2002:1900, $124,998 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 9/2015:2056, $176,250

1 MS66 PCGS grade

James A. Stack, Sr. Collection - Stack's 10/1994:849 - Silvano DiGenova - Great Lakes Collection - Larry Hanks, sold privately in 2000 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 9/2015:2057, $129,250 - Heritage 4/2016:4759, $146,875

1 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 estimated grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  

Bowers & Merena 10/1977:1460 - Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part II - Bowers & Merena 10/1999:273, $36,800

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

Goldbergs 9/1999:1669, $115,000 - Superior 3/2000:722 - Superior 8/2002:1900, $124,998 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 9/2015:2056, $176,250

1 MS66 PCGS grade

James A. Stack, Sr. Collection - Stack's 10/1994:849 - Silvano DiGenova - Great Lakes Collection - Larry Hanks, sold privately in 2000 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 9/2015:2057, $129,250 - Heritage 4/2016:4759, $146,875

1 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 estimated grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  

Bowers & Merena 10/1977:1460 - Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part II - Bowers & Merena 10/1999:273, $36,800

5 MS65 estimated grade  
7 MS64 PCGS grade  
8 MS63 PCGS grade  
8 MS63 PCGS grade  
8 MS63 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: Like most Capped Bust Quarter Eagles, the 1833 is a very rare date.  Only one pair of dies was used to strike the entire mintage of 4,160 pieces.  There are approximately 10-12 Mint State pieces known, led by the PCGS MS66+ from the Pogue Collection.  The strike quality on this date is inconsistent.  Some examples show strong central and star details, while others have flat stars (especially at the top of the obverse) and soft centers.  However, strike is always secondary to rarity on coins with such a small mintage -- because the opportunity to own any example is indeed rare.


David Akers (1975/88): Except for the extremely rare 1834, the 1833 is the rarest date of this type. Gem specimens are particularly elusive, much more so than the dates from 1829 to 1832.