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The design of the $2.50 Liberty Gold Quarter Eagle or Coronet Quarter Eagle, has proven to be one of the most enduring ever used on a coin. It was the work of Christian Gobrecht, whose talent saw him progress from apprentice to Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint. However, in this instance, his work owes a debt of gratitude to the earlier designs of John Reich and William Kneass. The obverse side shows a left-facing portrait of Liberty, wearing a coronet around which her hair is wound up and back, decorated with a string of beads. Dominating the coronet is the word LIBERTY. What could be a rather severe-looking portrait is softened as some of Liberty’s hair tumbles down her neck. Thirteen stars denoting the original states of the Union surround the obverse side, while the year of issue is beneath the portrait and a dentilled rim completes the design.
The reverse side shows a majestic eagle, its wings outstretched, holding an olive branch and arrows, denoting America’s commitment to peace and military might. A union shield, with the requisite vertical and horizontal stripes, is shown in front of the eagle’s breast. The country of issue, the “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” and the value of 2?D, together encircle the reverse design, separated by two dots and interrupted by the tips of the eagle’s wings. The coin’s design is completed with a reeded edge.
Liberty Gold Quarter Eagles were struck in Philadelphia, Charlotte, Dahlonega, New Orleans and San Francisco. Where the mintmarks C, D, O, and S are used, they are positioned below the eagle and above the value, remember though that pieces minted in Philadelphia do not carry such a mark. Given its long-running period of production and the various mints that struck the coin, there are over 150 different issues of the Liberty Gold Quarter Eagle to collect, so it’s time to get started. The Quarter Eagle was struck with a face value of $2.50, specified by the Coinage Act of 1792 as a fractional coin of the $10 eagle. The $2.50 Liberty Gold Quarter Eagles were minted with a weight of 4.18 grams and a diameter of 18 millimeters. It was made out of 90 percent gold and 10 percent copper, raising the purity of the gold in which this denomination was struck. Produced between 1840 and 1907, your piece will be from a random year of issue, but always in VF or Very Fine condition.
These lightly circulated coins are a great investment for those who wish to own Gold that is more than a century old! Add this beloved Liberty Gold Quarter Eagle VF coin to your investment portfolio today.
Dates on these random year coins will be of our choosing and may or may not vary, determined by stock on hand.
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