Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 20
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $155.16 (7/31/2014)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1878 $2.5 PF obverse 1878 $2.5 PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The proof quarter eagles of 1878 are even rarer than the mintage of 20 pieces would suggest. This date is the scarcest post-1859 quarter eagle as a proof. Akers speculates that perhaps some of the original sets were not sold and may have been melted. Breen gives a generous estimate of 12 pieces, of which at least 3 are impaired. Taglione could only account for 10 specimens, including 4 impaired ones.

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


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1878 $2.5 PF
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1878 $2.5 PF Cameo
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1878 $2.5 PF Ultra Cameo
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 10
Low Grade: 63
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 65


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1/12/2005 PCGS PF 64   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2005 Ft. Lauderdale FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #360, 360/Lot# 30413 $21,850.00
4/10/2014 NGC PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 10-12 & 15-16 CICF World and Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 3032/Lot# 33010 $587.50


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NGC Registry Score 1878 $2.5 PF
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1878 $2.5 PF Cameo
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1878 $2.5 PF Ultra Cameo
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