Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 140,000
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $155.60 (8/29/2014)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1852 O $2.5 MS obverse 1852 O $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Collectors who place considerable stock in the affect that original mintage figures have on the availability of coins in today's market might be tempted to describe the 1852-O (140,000 pieces produced) as one of the more common Liberty Quarter Eagles from the New Orleans Mint. After all, only the 1843-O Small Date, 1851-O, and 1854-O boast higher mintages. In this particularly case, however, those who are familiar with the economic climate of the United States in 1852 and its affect on the silver coinage of this date are in a much better position to pass judgment on the relative and absolute rarity of the '52-O Quarter Eagle. The vast majority of the coins produced seem to have been melted or otherwise lost and Winter (1992) opines that only 95-105 pieces are extant in all grades. Mint State survivors are of the utmost rarity.

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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1852 O $2.5 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 280 290 325 380 450 450 900 1075 1275 2150 5750 6500 8400 13000 - - - - - - -
$ 475 1050 1175 1375 2450 6300 7000 9250 15000 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 490
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63


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2/16/2009 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 336, 342/Lot# 1244 $373.75
8/7/2010 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The August 2010 Boston Rarities Sale, 34/Lot# 1511 $1,437.50
3/15/2011 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3031, 3031/Lot# 1205 $604.00
1/29/2012 PCGS XF 45   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1202 $402.50
2/5/2012 NGC XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/05/2012, 6/Lot# 15112 $330.00
11/29/2012 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(5), 1177/Lot# 10612 $881.25
10/21/2013 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 3453, 3453/Lot# 2061 $700.00
2/27/2014 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(4), 1203/Lot# 5188 $2,115.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1852 O $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3603924294635027051472196925312834322034473601414151589855150602329536432377303906140427
3704044404765699601637215626322962329534983781448067231159017805276743686438173395160
000000163721562632296232953498378144806723115901780527674368643817300
000000180323432733309133713549396148198289133252055032053372973861700
1852 O $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base54458862976487410481301151526183113369940264273479555685894623465876956733977388153
55860167480093211321372188227833308380841084447505256766007635167107083747278760
0000001372188227833308380841084447505256766007635167107083747200
0000001443225029483503391741904621531057856120646968337211760500
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 3220
Owner: Beau Newman
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 3220
Owner: blake-rock
 
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