Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 98,508
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $145.87 (5/25/2015)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1862 $2.5 MS obverse 1862 $2.5 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The certainty of an early Civil War victory for the Union turned into doubt and dismay in the North during 1862, with a series of Confederate victories--chiefly the Seven Days Battles and the Second Battle of Bull Run (Second Manassas)--in the spring and summer leaving the conflict's outcome unpredictable. The populace predictably turned to hoarding, beginning with gold and silver coins, which promptly disappeared from circulation. Banks suspended specie payments in 1861-62. By the second week of July 1862, Indian Head cents and other minor currency was gone from commerce as well, replaced by scrip, fractional currency, and private tokens, including the historic Civil War tokens with patriotic themes and merchant store cards.

In the case of the P-mint quarter eagles, production dropped from more than 1.2 million pieces in 1861 to 98,508 business strikes in 1862. Pieces in the higher Mint State grades are seldom encountered, and the average certified grade is only about AU55.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/23/2015

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1862 $2.5 MS
Base $ 270 280 315 400 825 1575 1800 2050 3450 5050 6900 11750 20500 - - - - - -
$ 900 - 1975 2250 3850 - - - - - - - -

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Total Graded: 238
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 64

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
4/5/2001 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2001 April Indianapolis, IN (CSNS) Signature Sale #256, 256/Lot# 7692 $2,990.00
9/26/2005 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2005 September Long Beach Online Session #385, 385/Lot# 9730 $632.50
2/22/2007 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2331, 2331/Lot# 1177 $3,136.00
6/17/2010 NGC AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 489, 495/Lot# 5509 $1,667.50
11/3/2010 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 4892 $1,782.50
4/24/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1184/Lot# 5526 $2,350.00
9/4/2014 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1209/Lot# 4366 $1,645.00
10/12/2014 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 211367 $2,250.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1862 $2.5 MS
1862 $2.5 MS Prooflike
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 1427
Owner: Desert Gold
Grade: AU Details
Points: 541
Owner: B.L. Birdy
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