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1842 QUARTER DOLLAR -
SMALL DATE


PCGS No:
5536

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 0
Proofs: estimated 10

Designer: Obverse by Thomas Sully, executed by Christian Gobrecht, modified by Robert Ball Hughes; Reverse by Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 24.3 millimeters

Metal Content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 103.1 grains (6.7 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) below the eagle on the reverse

Notes:
No 1842 Small Date Quarter Dollars were struck for circulation.

The finest 1842 Small Date Quarter Dollars graded by PCGS are 2 PR-65's.

Significant examples:
PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - B. Max Mehl "Jerome Kern", 1950 - Louis Eliasberg, Sr. - Bowers & Merena Galleries "The Rarities Sale", July 31, 2002, Lot 210, illustrated, sold for $87,400.00

"Proof-63".  Ex - R.C.W. Brock - J.P. Morgan - American Numismatic Society.

Proof.  National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution.

Proof.  Discovered in the 1940s by Oscar Schilke in a complete silver and copper 1842 Proof Set - purchased (the complete Proof Set) by Arthur M. and Paul Kagin - purchased (just the Quarter Dollar) circa 1960 by Q. David Bowers - Hazen B. Hinman - Paramount "Century Collection", 1965.  This pedigree of this example may continue with the next example.

Proof.  Stack's "R.L. Miles, Jr.", 1969 - Stack's "S.G. Steckler", 1974 - Stack's "Ellis H. Robison", 1982

Stack's "James A. Stack", March 13-15, 1975 - Julian Leidman - Paramount International Coin Corporation.

According to Q. David Bowers, Breen's listing of known examples contains a couple of errors.  First, the Robison coins is not ex - Smith - Kern.  Second, John Jay Pittman (the "New York State specialist") never owned one (the coin in his 1842 Proof Set was a Prooflike Uncirculated 1842 Large Date Quarter Dollar).

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

"The Rarities Sale" auction catalog, Bowers and Merena Galleries, Lot 210

 
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