Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 148,000
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $144.78 (11/24/2014)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1851 O $2.5 MS obverse 1851 O $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1851-O quarter eagle is much rarer in high grades than its relatively large mintage figure of 148,000 pieces would suggest. It is unlikely that more than 10-12 examples are known in Mint State.

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1851 O $2.5 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 280 290 325 380 435 435 875 1150 1325 2700 4300 5200 7000 13000 - - - - - - -
$ 465 950 1250 1500 3050 4700 5700 7800 15000 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 434
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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2/13/2008 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 2489, 2489/Lot# 2016 $1,064.00
1/6/2010 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2010 January Orlando, FL FUN US Coin Auction #1136, 1136/Lot# 3837 $1,437.50
5/20/2010 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 481, 487/Lot# 6534 $1,069.50
9/19/2010 PCGS AU 50   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 2770 $661.25
11/3/2010 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 4850 $805.00
6/1/2011 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(5), 1156/Lot# 9188 $253.00
4/1/2012 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/01/2012, 16/Lot# 41991 $1,100.00
11/14/2014 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 14 - 15 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection Part V US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1215/Lot# 7376 $998.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 O $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base36039242946350255113751886244227403122334537474431546610832169372675142642440994559347124
3704044404765188251545207125412867319634793975477672541286720208320484312744597461030
000000154520712541286731963479397547767254128672020832048431274459700
000000171522562640299432703613420351219043149022347937345436134509500
1851 O $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base854916980104814832240477660896281640465816694739796361012310629111531169612258128401344214064
874937100211931735308552136153632264636618692881439798102911080311334118831245213040136490
0000005213615363226463661869288143979810291108031133411883124521304000
0000005651621763636522665671628889996010460109781151512070126461324100
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 3747
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 3122
Owner: Beau Newman
 
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