Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 21,598
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $155.72 (8/30/2014)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1846 $2.5 MS obverse 1846 $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1846 quarter eagle is extremely rare in Mint State, scarce in all grades, and generally unrecognized for its rarity. More than 30 years ago David Akers wrote these remarkable words concerning the issue:

'This is a very scarce and generally unappreciated date. Its number of appearances at auction (45 [out of 226 auctions between 1921-1975]) is lower than for many of the highly regarded dates in this series such as the 1848 CAL., the 1881, and the 1796 No Stars, to name just a few. As the auction records show, specimens better than EF are extremely rare.'

Even today, only a small handful of Mint State coins have been certified, with duplications almost certain.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/1/2013

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1846 $2.5 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 270 280 315 425 625 625 1050 1375 1650 2450 5500 6750 13000 24000 - - - - - - -
$ 675 1150 1550 1900 2750 5900 7500 14500 27500 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 128
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 63


Upcoming Auctions

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Grade
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9/6/2014 AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1209/Lot# 8538


Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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1/10/1998 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 1998 F.U.N. Signature Sale #181, 181/Lot# 7543 $4,140.00
5/2/2001 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1433, 1433/Lot# 1725 $870.38
9/14/2008 NGC MS 61   Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 1374 $8,050.00
11/3/2010 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 4821 $1,500.75
6/1/2011 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1156/Lot# 4483 $10,350.00
5/30/2012 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(3), 1171/Lot# 4784 $4,743.75
3/17/2013 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131313/Lot# 28522 $734.38
6/15/2014 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 808, 817/Lot# 251 $1,200.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1846 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base47951956060765399016092048262629363332356442905563668512515193083012647491490695068552340
49253257562276511961755224027293068340938064714593786281477922914359144801749607512360
000000175522402729306834093806471459378628147792291435914480174960700
0000001901243328323200348640485138631110571170432652041702485435014600
1846 $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base539584629729974120914781707265130993640394545605441721476088018844388869345982110316
554599662810105212981554202128003279374141504853603273457744815985909039950399860
0000001554202128003279374141504853603273457744815985909039950300
0000001630233629493459384343555147662374767881830187389192966200
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 4290
Owner: Desert Gold
 
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