Coin Specifications

Category: Classic Head $2.50 (1834-1839)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 17,781
Obverse Designer: William Kneass
Reverse Designer: William Kneass
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1208oz
Melt Value: $219.48 (11/26/2020)
Diameter: 18.2mm
Edge: Reeded
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1839 O $2.5 MS obverse 1839 O $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: This was the first year of issue for quarter eagles at the New Orleans Mint. This issue must have been saved by the public, as this is one of the more common Branch Mint dates of the type, despite a mintage below that of the 1839-C issue. Readily available in all circulated grades, the 1839-O quarter eagle can be found in nice About Uncirculated condition. Mint States examples remain relatively scarce, although several dozen have been certified. The best example of the two coins in the Smithsonian collection is a rock-solid MS 64 piece. NGC has graded one example at the MS 65 level and that coin sold at auction in September 2013 for $71,875.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/19/2019

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1839 O $2.5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 343
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65

The chart showing F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1839 O $2.5 MS
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Total---220174127436371620141361-----344
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1839 O $2.5 MS PL
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1839 O $2.5 MS
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Base9081066120613931843261429103406395244034992556363247374847210135137621947328621427426471799249
96111131268154321002713307535884102459951825817667477409026113441566622522333285006776228104211
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000000324137704253479653736070702481069581125531756925572380355739200
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 6324
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 3952
Owner: S.J.H.
 
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