Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 178,000
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $139.64 (7/7/2015)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1878 S $2.5 MS obverse 1878 S $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Garrett-Guth Gold Encyclopedia says succinctly of this date, 'Although the 1878-S quarter eagle is not a great rarity, it is difficult to locate in gem condition. Just a few examples have been graded at that level. The finest is a single MS-66 coin. Not a single example of the date has been offered at auction in gem condition in the last decade.'

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/10/2015

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1878 S $2.5 MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 270 280 315 345 360 375 405 425 440 650 750 1650 3650 14500 20000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 875 - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 693
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/2/1994 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions February 1994 Long Beach Bullet Sale #113, 113/Lot# 496 $374.00
4/12/2000 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1295, 1295/Lot# 2052 $1,635.25
6/26/2006 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 93, 98/Lot# 1434 $425.50
1/19/2011 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2999, 2999/Lot# 1904 $747.50
5/29/2011 NGC MS 62   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 1341 $644.00
5/27/2012 NGC AU 58   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1215 $292.00
11/4/2012 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/04/2012, 47/Lot# 82866 $358.60
7/11/2014 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 6937 $270.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 S $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base327354386420456527568609661695743774891130321692936414158668660129721969820523
3363643974324795405816266727117538131028159124243337471667971009715214199730
000000581626672711753813102815912424333747166797100971521400
000000595643683727763852116518802680373952917728115341745600
1878 S $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5325756156808318949009059831034110511521494152622813423500453055619594762896645
54658863673085289690193110001057112012661504177726613950510454095728606164070
00000090193110001057112012661504177726613950510454095728606100
00000090395710171081113613801515202930424477520455145837617500
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 891
Owner: MARK APSOLON
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 743
Owner: American Freedom
 
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