Two of the coins sold were graded MS-61 by the Professional
Coin Grading service. One was graded XF-45 by the
All three coins were sent through Numismatic Guaranty
Corp.s Photo Proof process.
Also called the Turban Head, the 1834 $2.50 gold
piece with motto is extremely rare. Walter Breen noted
its appearance at auction only 15 times, with some
specimens appearing more than once.
Pilitowski believes the sale of three pieces at once
is without precedent, though the coins went to two
separate buyers. A Midwest physician purchased two
and a collector on the West Coast bought the third.
Original mintage was 4,000, but the bulk of the mintage
was believed melted because the United States began
a recoinage program at the same time that reduced
the gold weight of the gold denominations by about
The specific coins sold were: PCGS No. 6547149, XF-45:
PCGS No. 6546346, MS-61: and PCGS No. 2656103, MS-61.