Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 12,822
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $156.47 (7/24/2014)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1840 C $2.5 MS obverse 1840 C $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Classic Head design continued on quarter eagles through 1839, thus this 1840-C issue represents the first year of issue for the new Liberty Head design type. Only about seven or eight Mint State examples of this date are known, placing this in the important rarity category. Just two or three of these exist in MS63 grade, and they are tied for finest known.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/1/2013

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1840 C $2.5 MS
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Base $ 800 850 1200 1650 3150 3150 4400 4875 5750 7900 11250 12900 23500 41000 - - - - - - -
$ 3400 4750 5300 6325 8500 12250 14000 25500 45000 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 132
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63


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1/12/1998 PCGS F 15   Teletrade Auction 1014, 1014/Lot# 1843 $448.38
2/5/2006 NGC MS 61   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 905 $12,362.50
12/2/2010 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2010 December Houston Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1147/Lot# 4293 $4,887.50
10/13/2011 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(5), 1160/Lot# 9951 $920.00
1/3/2012 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(7), 1166/Lot# 6103 $4,456.25
7/26/2012 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 140/Lot# 12208 $4,312.50
7/28/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/28/2013, 85/Lot# 105709 $1,541.83


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1840 C $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12581340142615151609196928853525404843474744498154666248754311806164102321333395346123586237144
1285136814551546172922743098369941474479482351425726667989641334018677266073380035028362890
000000309836994147447948235142572666798964133401867726607338003502800
0000003311387342474611490253045987711110385148752094530001342063544500
1840 C $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111609111289036754528498154666248754311520158702225731757111
111537160911964315139594679514257266679886812970179992542331757110
0000001964315139594679514257266679886812970179992542331757100
000000119273413424348305304598771111019414420201282859031757100
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 4347
Owner: Desert Gold
 
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