Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 140,000
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $145.62 (4/18/2015)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1852 O $2.5 MS obverse 1852 O $2.5 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Collectors who place considerable stock in the affect that original mintage figures have on the availability of coins in today's market might be tempted to describe the 1852-O (140,000 pieces produced) as one of the more common Liberty Quarter Eagles from the New Orleans Mint. After all, only the 1843-O Small Date, 1851-O, and 1854-O boast higher mintages. In this particularly case, however, those who are familiar with the economic climate of the United States in 1852 and its affect on the silver coinage of this date are in a much better position to pass judgment on the relative and absolute rarity of the '52-O Quarter Eagle. The vast majority of the coins produced seem to have been melted or otherwise lost and Winter (1992) opines that only 95-105 pieces are extant in all grades. Mint State survivors are of the utmost rarity.

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/23/2015

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Total Graded: 499
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63

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5/30/2005 NGC AU 55   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 787 $920.00
9/21/2005 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2005 September Long Beach Signature Auction #384, 384/Lot# 4334 $1,955.00
3/18/2010 NGC AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 463, 469/Lot# 5533 $851.00
3/9/2011 NGC AU 53   Teletrade Auction 3028, 3028/Lot# 1800 $833.75
10/30/2011 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131145/Lot# 23034 $747.50
3/21/2013 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2013 March 21 -22 & 24 US Coin Signature Auction - Dallas Session(3), 1183/Lot# 4117 $822.50
12/5/2013 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(6), 1192/Lot# 9409 $763.75
5/12/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Stack's Bowers iAuction 3481, 6030/Lot# 20736 $329.00
8/31/2014 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 211354 $1,000.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1852 O $2.5 MS
1852 O $2.5 MS Prooflike
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 3601
Owner: Lafitte Coin Company
Grade: AU 58
Points: 3220
Owner: Beau Newman
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