Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 23,294
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $132.52 (7/28/2015)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1849 $2.5 MS obverse 1849 $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Although 1849 was the year of the California Gold Rush, much of that gold had not yet reached the Philadelphia Mint and so only 23,294 quarter eagles were struck. 1849 would be the last year of such a low mintage. The next year Philadelphia would strike 10 times that number, and in 1851 more than a million quarter eagles were struck. Examples of this issue are seldom seen in Mint State.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/3/2015

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1849 $2.5 MS
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Base $ 280 290 325 380 600 950 1175 1375 1875 3450 5150 8250 - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 129
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 63


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5/16/1999 NGC AU 53   Teletrade Auction 1163, 1163/Lot# 1536 $659.38
9/19/2010 NGC AU 53   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 2768 $690.00
11/3/2010 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 4835 $1,729.60
10/13/2011 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(5), 1160/Lot# 9954 $1,035.00
4/7/2013 PCGS Genuine Genuine   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/07/2013, 69/Lot# 59871 $632.50
6/23/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/23/2013, 80/Lot# 121646 $370.70
3/20/2014 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 March 20 The Collection of Donald E. Bently - Bently Foundation US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(1), 1205/Lot# 30252 $3,525.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1849 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base497537579627674958138117071969212423352464269932814141546684781213317649260732708728131
510551595642768109914891794202021942378254228933567458264709696139712045726411274350
0000001489179420202194237825422893356745826470969613971204572641100
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1849 $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base53257561569288411521488176222082455277529653126391251675475579761326482684672257620
54658864075697312641579191022902561283830183388433052695582590862486603697273560
0000001579191022902561283830183388433052695582590862486603697200
0000001670205923722668290130723650474853725689602063656724709800
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 2124
Owner: Grand Tour
 
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