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: $142.02 (11/1/2014)
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.'

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/1/2013

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1878 S $2.5 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 270 280 315 360 375 375 385 395 405 425 525 640 785 1500 3375 16000 - - - - -
$ 390 410 415 425 440 550 690 825 1650 3650 18500 - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 681
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


Upcoming Auctions

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Date
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
11/4/2014 AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131444/Lot# 21794
11/10/2014 MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(6), 1211/Lot# 8757
11/15/2014 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 14 - 15 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection Part V US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1215/Lot# 3229


Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
10/9/1996 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 0883, 883/Lot# 1919 $337.60
9/9/2003 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23093, 23093/Lot# 12172 $270.25
6/27/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 1315 $325.45
10/2/2011 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131141/Lot# 24841 $253.00
1/29/2012 PCGS XF 40   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1224 $264.50
5/27/2012 NGC AU 58   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1215 $292.00
12/15/2013 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/15/2013, 105/Lot# 158069 $369.60
6/22/2014 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131426/Lot# 20253 $634.50
7/11/2014 PCGS MS 92   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 6938 $282.00


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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