1796 Quarter Eagles by Variety | Turban Head Quarter Eagles by Date | Quarter Eagles by Type

Obverse of 1796 Turban Head Quarter Eagle - No Stars      Reverse of 1796 Turban Head Quarter Eagle - No Stars

1796 $2-1/2 DOLLARS

PCGS No: 7645

Circulation strikes: 963
Proofs: 0

Designer: Robert Scot

Diameter: 20 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 91.7%
Other - 8.3%

Weight: 67.5 grains (4.37 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (all examples of this variety were struck at the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Mint)

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The finest "No Stars" 1796 Quarter Eagle graded by PCGS is a single MS-65.

Significant examples:
Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The Marvin Taichert Collection of U.S. Type Coins", May 9, 2001, Lot 34, "Breen-1, Hilt-2b", plated, sold for $92,000.00  Ex John Whitney Walter Collection (Stack's, May 1999, lot 1788)

(Illustrated below).  Ex - Superior Galleries 2000 ANA Mid-Winter Sale).

PCGS MS-60.  Ex - Auctions by Bowers and Merena, Inc.'s sale of the Harry W. Bass, Jr. collection, October 1999, Lot 261 - Bowers and Merena Galleries "The Rarities Sale", July 31, 2002, Lot 691, illustrated, not sold

Recent appearances:
PCGS AU-58 (illustrated above).  Superior Galleries' September 1999 "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, Lot 1845

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Stack's "Grant Pierce" Sale - Stack's "R.L. Miles, Jr." Sale, October 1968, Lot 79, sold for $7,000.00 - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection" Sale, May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1228, illustrated, sold for $86,250.00, where it was described as follows: "1796. No stars on obverse. NGC graded AU-58. Here is a classic rarity in high grade, this is the Miles coin from the Stack's sale in 1968, and prior to that in the Grant Pierce sale. This particular coin is exceptionally well struck, including the E of LIBERTY which is almost always found weakly struck (being behind the eagle's tail feathers). The reverse stars are exceptional too, each boldly executed and preserved. The Philadelphia Mint struck only 963 of these, and most entered circulation or were eventually lost or remelted. The no stars obverse design lasted less than a year, and stars were added late in 1796, making this one of the rarest and shortest lived type coins produced at the Philadelphia Mint. NGC has graded 18 this high with just 11 graded higher. As to the surfaces, they show minimal handling marks and this coin is clean for the grade. In the color department it is untoned, no sign of the copper shades frequently seen these days, just rich yellow gold. We note some trivial adjustment marks on the upper right side of the shield, but they are not deep or problematic."

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8824, "No stars", illustrated, sold for $60,375.00  From the Dr. Robert W. Dingle Collection

PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 114, "Breen-6113", illustrated, sold for $50,600.00  Purchased from Abner Kreisberg, April 1973

"Net F-15".  Ex - Jay Roe collection - Bowers and Merena Galleries "The Rarities Sale", July 31, 2002, Lot 692, illustrated, "...Breen-6113, B-1...cleaned and repaired...", sold for $13,800.00

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

"The PCGS Population Report, April 2004" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

Obverse of 1796 Turban Head Quarter Eagle - No Stars     Reverse of 1796 Turban Head Quarter Eagle - No Stars

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries