Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 24,000
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $156.71 (7/25/2014)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1861 S $2.5 MS obverse 1861 S $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Only 24,000 Liberty Quarter Eagles of this date were originally produced, virtually all of which were circulated to one degree or another. This issue is scarce to rare in all grades, with the vast majority of survivors grading no finer than VF.

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Last Updated: 6/17/2014

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1861 S $2.5 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 435 585 775 1050 1500 1500 3400 3800 5500 6300 10000 12000 17500 - - - - - - - -
$ 1750 3700 4200 6000 7600 11500 13250 27500 - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 96
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 62


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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11/7/2003 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2003 November Signature Sale #334, 334/Lot# 7235 $4,830.00
1/28/2004 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2004 January Long Beach Signature Sale #342, 342/Lot# 6806 $1,121.25
3/24/2004 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1861, 1861/Lot# 1651 $3,630.00
5/27/2007 NGC VF 25   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 536 $322.00
5/3/2010 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The May 2010 Online Auction, 54/Lot# 856 $3,336.15
8/11/2011 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(5), 1158/Lot# 7457 $25,300.00
6/30/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/30/2013, 81/Lot# 121705 $843.70
3/21/2014 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 March 21 & 23 US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(2), 1198/Lot# 10553 $3,290.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 S $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base575620670721774142124403103346336753965414144315158592210508151682224333110343203556236837
59063668773898917602661322335333771402342374673541274501206117526258653351334734359870
000000266132233533377140234237467354127450120611752625865335133473400
000000288233433604386840824334491556678979136141988429487339163514800
1861 S $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base627674725820118621692762322532923336340134433671391141624425470049885288560259296270
642691756942151323662916324733063357341535193751399442494516479650885392571160420
0000002916324733063357341535193751399442494516479650885392571100
0000003070326933213379342935953831407843374608489251885497582000
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