2½ Dollars "Capped Head - Quarter Eagle"

Features

Issuer United States
Period Federal republic (1776-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1829-1834
Value 2½ Dollars (2.5 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Gold (.9167) (.0833 silver and copper)
Weight 4.37 g
Diameter 18.2 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Number N# 30780
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References KM# 49
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 5 more volumes.

Obverse

Bust with cap on head left, 13 stars around

Lettering:
LIBERTY
1831

Engraver: John Reich

John Reich was an immigrant from Bavaria to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania around 1800. Reich was a skilled engraver who sold himself into indentured servitude in order to finance his passage to the United States. In 1801, President Thomas Jefferson recommended John Reich to be hired as engraver at the Philadelphia Mint.

Reverse

Eagle with arrows and olive branch in talons, motto above

Lettering:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
E PLURIBUS UNUM
2 ½ D.

Engraver: John Reich

John Reich was an immigrant from Bavaria to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania around 1800. Reich was a skilled engraver who sold himself into indentured servitude in order to finance his passage to the United States. In 1801, President Thomas Jefferson recommended John Reich to be hired as engraver at the Philadelphia Mint.

Edge

Reeded

Mint

United States Mint, Philadelphia, United States (1792-date)

Comments

The US Coinage Act of 2 Apr. 1792 set the standard weight at 67½ grains and the gold content at 61⅞ grains, hence the fineness of .9167.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
1829  3 403
1830  4 540
1831  4 520
1831  10 proof
1832  4 400
1833  4 160
1833  5 proof
1834  4 000

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