Spotlight on Rare $2.50 Gold Commemoratives


The 1915-S Panama-Pacific Exposition was the first gold commemorative Quarter Eagle ever minted. The original mintage released by the U.S. Mint was a scant total of only 6,749 coins.


The 1926 Sesquicentennial of American Independence is one of only two Gold Commemorative Quarter Eagles ever minted. The original mintage was only 46,019 total coins.  Well preserved specimens comprise the minority portion of the original mintage.


In 2005, for the very first time in our history, we expanded our top coin recommendations to include two unique and rare gold commemoratives often overlooked by collectors: the 1915-S Panama-Pacific Exposition Quarter Eagle and the 1926 Independence Sesquicentennial Quarter Eagle. While these two coins commemorate distinctly different events in U.S. history, they share several traits that make them perfect companion acquisitions.

    • The only two gold commemorative Quarter Eagles minted in U.S. history
    • By overall mintage, these are two of the rarest coins we have ever recommended.
  • Based on their relative rarity among United States commemorative gold coins, they are regarded by some insiders as "stopper" coins to the completion of commemorative gold sets.
  • "Stopper" coins are of limited mintage, hard to find in higher grade conditions, and are "must have" coins to complete collections of U.S. gold coins.
  • The years 1915 and 1926 are the only two years in U.S. history where legal tender and gold commemorative Quarter Eagles were minted in the same year.

For more information on purchasing these historically unprecedented Gold Commemoratives for your personal collection, please call toll-free at (888) 324-COIN (2646).

For information on the 1926 Sesquicentennial Quarter Eagle, go here

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