Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 640
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $158.13 (7/29/2014)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1881 $2.5 MS obverse 1881 $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1881 quarter eagle is not all that well known except to specialists, but it is a significant rarity among later date Coronet two and a halves. Only 640 pieces were struck, and curiously most of the mintage was dropped into circulation. The predictable result is that Mint State coins are rarely encountered.

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1881 $2.5 MS
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Base $ 900 1000 1350 2550 3550 3550 5250 5750 6750 8000 10250 11750 16000 25000 36000 - - - - - -
$ 3900 5900 6300 7250 8800 11250 12650 18500 28500 40000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 72
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 64


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8/9/2014 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1208/Lot# 3778


Auction Prices Realized

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3/4/1995 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1995 Atlanta Signature Sale #133, 133/Lot# 5862 $14,300.00
5/28/2006 NGC MS 61   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 3718 $8,625.00
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 61   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 2187 $8,050.00
2/14/2008 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2008 February Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #460, 460/Lot# 2381 $4,830.00
10/27/2010 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2010 October Stamford Coinfest Signature US Coin Auction #1145, 1145/Lot# 4649 $9,200.00
12/22/2010 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 2983, 2983/Lot# 1935 $3,105.00
10/17/2012 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 3248 $10,925.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 $2.5 MS
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Base169117931899200921242807330337124021420944694630493554176248682084281115414149182852408025036
17251828193520472351297234393815408342954522473150955694643873569336121521552720216243980
0000003439381540834295452247315095569464387356933612152155272021600
00000035753918414643824576483352565971662978921024513150169062214800
1881 $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base288430343190335235213695378638754192438546524817513756336488707787271023812369152061903319838
29343086324434083579372538153980425644744707492353025918668476279230109481331416481193010
0000003815398042564474470749235302591866847627923010948133141648100
0000003845408643204563476250305467620368808177973411658142601775700
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 4209
Owner: Thornton
 
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