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: $158.14 (7/25/2014)
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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Last Updated: 10/1/2013

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1878 $2.5 MS
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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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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2271
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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9/3/1997 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 0977, 977/Lot# 1883 $158.25
5/25/2002 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #22105, 22105/Lot# 19643 $184.00
2/4/2008 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 218, 224/Lot# 896 $276.00
9/4/2011 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1909 $356.50
8/2/2012 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(3), 1173/Lot# 4499 $851.88
2/22/2013 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 8026 $660.35
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1708 $564.00
4/20/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/20/2014, 186/Lot# 141766 $288.20


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 63
Points: 1173
Owner: jerms819
 
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