1902 $2 1/2 Liberty NGC MS66 CAC
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The quarter eagle made its debut in 1796. Of the 10 denominations authorized by Congress in 1792, the quarter eagle was the last to be minted, and then only in very small numbers until the Classic Head was created. This has resulted in all early quarter eagles being rarities (“early” being defined as coins minted before 1834). All early gold coins were minted in Philadelphia. Not until the Classic Head of 1839 was one struck at a branch Mint. When introduced, the quarter eagle has the distinction of being the first precious-metal American coin lacking stars on its obverse. All other precious-metal coins authorized in 1792 were first minted with 15 stars arrayed along the obverse rim. The Mint soon decided to standardize the number of stars obverse at 13 as an honor to the original Colonies.
In its early years the Mint made coins upon request. Individual bullion depositors, banks and others could give the Mint bullion or foreign coins and request coins of specific denominations. When requesting gold coins, banks overwhelmingly preferred the half eagle, and asked for very few quarter eagles. The few Quarter eagles they did call for seldom left their vaults to enter circulation. Individuals also shunned the quarter eagle due to its large value in that era. A $2½ dollar gold piece represented 5 days’ pay for the average Mint employee. Few individuals made purchases requiring that much buying power. Such was the paucity of demand for the denomination that in the first 38 years of production, only twice did an annual mintage ever exceed 4,540, with the average annual mintage being less than 3,000. The workhorses of everyday commerce were the cent, half dollar and half eagle.
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