||1836 $2 1/2 Block 8 AU58 NGC. CAC. Breen-6142, Variety 8, R.3. A frosted and tan-gold example, well struck except at the outer periphery, where a few stars are weak on the obverse and the eagle's wing tip above A in AMERICA is soft on the reverse. This is the so-called Large Head of 1834 obverse, because it most closely matches the portrait of initial Classic Head issue, although in truth Liberty is somewhat taller and thinner on the 1836 variety. The mintage increased dramatically over the previous two year's total, with nearly 550,000 pieces struck -- by far a record, which would not be broken by a quarter eagle until the Gold Rush flooded the Mint with gold in 1851. A sharp and attractive example, this piece shows no significant marks. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $2115.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.