2 and 1/2 Dollar Coin Proof, United States, 1843

United States Mint, Philadelphia. Obverse: Head of Liberty facing left, with coronet; stars around, date below. Reverse: Eagle, denomination. Five proof quarter eagles are known from this year, and two actual sets of 1843 proofs (featuring all denominations struck that year) were created at the Mint. The set transferred to the Smithsonian was broken up and separately housed many years ago; but the other set is said to exist still in its original case.
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Object Name
Date made
U.S. Mint. Philadelphia
Physical Description
gold (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
180 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
overall: 18 mm; 23/32 in
place of issue
United States
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Coins, Currency and Medals
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Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Government Transfer: US DOTT, USM
Publication title
Glossary of Coins and Currency Terms
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