Coin Specifications

Category: Early $2.50 (1796-1834)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,540
Catalog: KM-49
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9160
Weight: 4.3700g
AGW: 0.1287oz
Melt Value: $172.41 (7/13/2014)
Diameter: 18.2mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1830 $2.5 MS obverse 1830 $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

From 1829 until 1834, only one die variety of each Capped Head quarter eagle issue was minted. The diameter was reduced slightly from the earlier Capped Head issues coined from 1821 to 1827. Each year saw a limited production that ranged from a low of 3,403 coins in 1829 to a high of 4,540 coins the following year. The average production was 4,170 coins. New technology was introduced at that time, providing a more uniform diameter and appearance to the coin through the used of a closed color that imparted a reeded edge at the same time the coin was struck, eliminating the separate step of imparting the edge device before striking. Mint Director Samuel Moore stated that the new closed collar provided a 'mathematical equality' to the coins.

Throughout the 1820s and into the 1830s, the price of gold increased to a point where the gold value was greater than the face value, inspiring people who had them to melt them down for their gold content. Today, the result of those actions is that few examples survive today, although those that do survive are apt to be in higher grades since they clearly did not circulate.

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Last Updated: 8/13/2013

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1830 $2.5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 41
Low Grade: 50
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 65


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2/24/2003 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 1903 $16,675.00
1/7/2009 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2009 January Orlando, FL FUN Auction #1121, 1121/Lot# 4004 $34,500.00
6/5/2013 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1186/Lot# 4708 $15,275.00
11/1/2013 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1191/Lot# 3803 $29,375.00
3/20/2014 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 March 20 The Collection of Donald E. Bently - Bently Foundation US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(1), 1205/Lot# 30217 $23,537.60


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NGC Registry Score 1830 $2.5 MS
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27172942318034433743408344624766495751135284540055595914656476529051106721279315602193700
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1830 $2.5 MS Prooflike
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Base277229993241349638004123453148885113525454545582568459736488746588631037412339149241837123026
28473079332635973907425946504963516053205496561657806144681379319366110291320016073199220
0000004650496351605320549656165780614468137931936611029132001607300
0000004769503852075387553956505876631671398397987011684140621722200
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