Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 286,240
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $143.45 (3/30/2015)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1878 $2.5 MS obverse 1878 $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1878 is a surprisingly difficult coin to locate in Gem Mint State. The mintage of 286,260 business strikes is hardly insignificant for a quarter eagle from this era, but it appears that few examples were spared from circulation.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/26/2015

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1878 $2.5 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 270 280 315 360 375 375 385 395 405 425 515 630 650 825 1400 3300 6350 22000 - - -
$ 390 410 415 425 440 540 680 700 885 1550 3600 10700 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2310
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Price
3/1/2000 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1278, 1278/Lot# 1840 $685.75
2/21/2005 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #29, 33/Lot# 1002 $242.65
1/29/2012 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1222 $322.00
9/30/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131241/Lot# 28776 $224.43
4/20/2014 PCGS Genuine UNC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/20/2014, 186/Lot# 141766 $288.20
10/8/2014 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(6), 1210/Lot# 8846 $352.50
10/10/2014 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 15757 $472.35


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base327354386420456527563597618631650663745982130915582754344745416404918713396
3363643974324795395746046226376546908241091139219562985381151627331105900
000000574604622637654690824109113921956298538115162733100
000000585611626643658717903120014752355321641765783825900
1878 $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3513844184534895656026406596746957097941044138416442885360147306649950613817
3623954294655145776146466646816997378771157147020573123397753697601109430
000000614646664681699737877115714702057312339775369760100
000000627652669688704765960127015572471336243536009855300
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 2754
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 891
Owner: gherrmann44
 
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