Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 4,808
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $141.96 (12/26/2014)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1846 C $2.5 MS obverse 1846 C $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Doug Winter rated this issue as the fourth rarest Charlotte quarter eagle, and the second rarest in high grade. Mintage for this issue was pegged at 4,808 coins, and less than 2% survive today. Doug Winter summed up this issue with the following commentary: 'The 1846-C is a very scarce coin in all grades. Over three quarters of the known survivors grade below Extremely Fine and an accurately graded Extremely Fine-45 example is quite rare. This date is very rare in About Uncirculated. There are more Uncirculated pieces in existence than generally believed and, ironically, the collector is about as likely to be offered a Mint State coin as a choice About Uncirculated. However, it is still extremely rare.' Winter went on to record five Mint State examples and between six and eight AUs.

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Last Updated: 10/1/2013

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1846 C $2.5 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 800 850 1200 1800 2950 2950 6600 7250 10500 13500 18000 19500 25500 43000 61000 - - - - - -
$ 3250 7350 7700 12000 15500 20000 22000 27500 47000 68000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 62
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 63


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1/8/1999 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 1999 F.U.N. Signature Sale #195, 195/Lot# 7756 $32,200.00
11/7/2003 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2003 November Signature Sale #334, 334/Lot# 7169 $10,637.50
6/3/2004 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2004 June Long Beach Signature Sale #349, 349/Lot# 6196 $13,110.00
9/19/2005 NGC AU 58   Goldberg September 19-21, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 32/Lot# 2353 $9,775.00
5/19/2008 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2531, 2531/Lot# 2249 $8,960.00
3/31/2011 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 6244 $1,725.00
1/9/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1181/Lot# 5822 $47,000.00
11/10/2013 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 116913 $2,836.90


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1846 C $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1361144615371632173024333927486552205437573659226007624882009046137851839925018346423589337176
1389147615681664196429314239498352925536579859506087689884821062515323206052822635059363200
000000423949835292553657985950608768988482106251532320605282263505900
000000455251015364563658605978616775498764122051686122811314343547600
1846 C $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1634173318361944205630383880451552765697624265646779732287159631101191062411148116901225212834
166717671872198123833318409147685416587863496635696077869020979310287107981132811877124460
00000040914768541658786349663569607786902097931028710798113281187700
00000043035022555660606456670771418250932599561045510973115091206400
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