Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 286,240
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $145.82 (9/30/2014)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1878 $2.5 MS obverse 1878 $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1878 is a surprisingly difficult coin to locate in Gem Mint State. The mintage of 286,260 business strikes is hardly insignificant for a quarter eagle from this era, but it appears that few examples were spared from circulation.

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Price Guide

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1878 $2.5 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 270 280 315 360 375 375 385 395 405 425 515 630 650 825 1400 3300 6350 - - - -
$ 390 410 415 425 440 540 680 700 885 1550 3600 6750 - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2284
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


Upcoming Auctions

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10/13/2014 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1210/Lot# 4239
10/13/2014 MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(6), 1210/Lot# 8849
10/13/2014 MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(6), 1210/Lot# 8848
10/13/2014 MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(6), 1210/Lot# 8845
10/13/2014 MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(6), 1210/Lot# 8846


Auction Prices Realized

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9/23/1998 NGC MS 60   Teletrade Auction 1089, 1089/Lot# 1920 $211.00
3/1/2000 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1278, 1278/Lot# 1840 $685.75
1/2/2006 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #69, 74/Lot# 1027 $218.50
9/18/2006 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2006 September Long Beach Online Session #417, 417/Lot# 10643 $172.50
10/12/2008 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2597, 2597/Lot# 3335 $891.25
5/3/2010 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The May 2010 Online Auction, 54/Lot# 858 $500.25
1/29/2012 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1221 $322.00
6/10/2012 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/10/2012, 26/Lot# 52282 $265.76
5/19/2013 PCGS Genuine UNC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/19/2013, 75/Lot# 95324 $341.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base327354386420456527563597618631650663745982130915582754344745416404918713396
3363643974324795395746046226376546908241091139219562985381151627331105900
000000574604622637654690824109113921956298538115162733100
000000585611626643658717903120014752355321641765783825900
1878 $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3513844184534895656026406596746957097941044138416442885360147306649950613817
3623954294655145776146466646816997378771157147020573123397753697601109430
000000614646664681699737877115714702057312339775369760100
000000627652669688704765960127015572471336243536009855300
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 2754
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 891
Owner: gherrmann44
 
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