Rare 1897 Liberty $2.50 Gold PCGS MS68 - $42,500. Click on Coin Image to
GRADED BY PCGS. In its population report, PCGS has certified
1, the present coin, in MS68 with none higher. CAC population
report shows this is the only MS68 received the CAC
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quarter eagle was produced without substantial modification
from 1840 to 1907, the longest span in any United States
coinage series. It uses the Coronet design which shows
Liberty in profile facing left, her hair tied tightly
in beads, except for two curls one down the back of
her neck and the other on the side below her ear, with
the word LIBERTY inscribed on the coronet. She is surrounded
by thirteen stars, and the date is below the truncation.
Dentils are around the periphery of both sides. The
reverse shows a heraldic eagle facing left holding arrows
and olive branch it its talons. The inscription UNITED
STATES OF AMERICA arcs around it, interrupted by the
wing tips, and the denomination 2 ½ D. is below.
The denomination is separated from the legend with dots.
In 1826 Gobrecht did
his first work for the Mint as an assistant to Engraver
William Kneass. After Kneass’ suffered a debilitating
stroke, Gobrecht did all the die and pattern work for
the Mint. He became Chief Engraver in 1840 and served
until his death in 1844. He was famous for his Liberty
Seated motif which was used for all denominations of
sliver coinage including the half dime, dime, quarter
dollar, half dollar and sliver dollar. He also designed
the Liberty Head gold eagle, a motif that was also used
on the half-cent, the cent, the gold quarter eagle,
and the gold half eagle.