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: $178.47 (12/15/2019)
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: 12/6/2019

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1839 O $2.5 MS
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Base $ 550 650 1200 2700 3250 3725 4675 6125 9500 10000 11000 25000 37000 50000 90000 - - - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 341
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: 12/10/2019 1839 O $2.5 MS
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Base---220174127436270620141261-----341
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Total---220174127436271620151261-----343
 ---1 %6 %5 %12 %8 %13 %18 %21 %2 %6 %4 %3 %2 %0 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/2/2006 NGC VF 35   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #69, 74/Lot# 1021 $1,069.50
7/8/2010 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2010 July Orlando, FL (Summer FUN) Signature US Coin Auction #1142, 1142/Lot# 4539 $3,737.50
8/22/2010 NGC XF 40   Teletrade Auction 2910, 2910/Lot# 2507 $891.25
1/5/2011 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(5), 1151/Lot# 6702 $2,760.00
9/2/2012 NGC MS 61   Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 2007 $8,970.00
3/28/2014 PCGS AU 50   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 6176 $3,055.00
4/6/2014 NGC Details XF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/06/2014, 175/Lot# 185330 $907.50
2/26/2015 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 February 26 - March 1 PNG Dallas Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1218/Lot# 3204 $4,935.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1839 O $2.5 MS PL
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1839 O $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9081066120613931843261429103406395244034992556363247374847210135137621947328621427426471799249
961111312681543210027133075358841024599518258176674774090261134415666225223332850067762280
000000307535884102459951825817667477409026113441566622522333285006700
000000324137704253479653736070702481069581125531756925572380355739200
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 6324
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
Grade: AU Details
Points: 1703
Owner: JTO
 
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