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: $141.27 (7/5/2015)
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: 6/10/2015

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1878 $2.5 MS
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Base $ 270 280 315 345 360 375 405 425 440 635 700 800 1400 3100 6600 22000 - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2314
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Price
5/31/2004 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 2432 $218.50
10/17/2005 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2106, 2106/Lot# 2352 $1,064.00
11/29/2006 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2006 November Dallas Signature Coin Auction #420, 420/Lot# 1975 $1,380.00
2/12/2007 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 126, 131/Lot# 1503 $241.50
10/30/2011 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131145/Lot# 23039 $299.00
6/10/2012 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/10/2012, 26/Lot# 52283 $209.44
2/22/2013 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 8026 $660.35


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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