2 1/2 Dollars, Proof, United States, 1836

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One (1) 2 1/2 dollar coin, proof

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United States, 1836

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Obverse Image: Left-facing Liberty wearing a headband, 13 stars along coin edge.

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Obverse Text: LIBERTY / 1836

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Reverse Image: Eagle with wings outstretched clutching arrows and branch in talons, shield over chest.

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Reverse Text: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / 2 1/2 D.

Four proof coins including this coin are known for this date of 1836 and this denomination of quarter eagle.

Until the later discoveries of gold west of the Mississippi River, the U.S. had little gold for making coins. A gold strike in Rutherford, North Carolina provided some new gold. Soon, the U.S. Mint established branch mints in Dahlonega, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina to mint gold coins close to the discoveries in those areas. In addition, a branch mint in New Orleans was established convert foreign coins that arrived at this very busy port into U.S. coins. Other sources for gold included French coins that recently arrived as an indemnity payment as well as melting down old American coins and re-issuing the precious metal as new U.S. coins.

Date Made: 1836

Mint: U.S. Mint. PhiladelphiaDesigner: Kneass, William

Location: Currently not on view

Place Of Issue: United States

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Related Web Publication: http://americanhistory.si.edu/coins/glossary.cfm

Related Publication: Glossary of Coins and Currency Terms

Credit Line: U.S. Department of the Treasury, U.S. Mint

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1985.0441.0276Catalog Number: 1985.0441.0276Accession Number: 1985.0441

Object Name: coin

Physical Description: gold (overall metal)0 (overall die axis)0 (overall die axis measurement)struck (overall production method)Measurements: overall: 18.5 mm; 23/32 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ab-c24d-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1077516

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