Coin Specifications

Category: Classic Head $2.50 (1834-1839)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 17,781
Catalog: KM-56
Obverse Designer: William Kneass
Reverse Designer: William Kneass
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.8990
Weight: 4.18g
AGW: 0.1208oz
Melt Value: $149.70 (2/11/2016)
Diameter: 18.2mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/23/2015

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1839 O $2.5 MS
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 314
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
7/30/1994 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 1994 ANA Sale #122, 122/Lot# 7323 $7,700.00
2/6/2006 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 73, 78/Lot# 999 $1,380.00
6/17/2010 NGC MS 60   Stack's Bowers The June 2010 Baltimore Auction, 41/Lot# 3498 $1,725.00
8/22/2010 NGC XF 40   Teletrade Auction 2910, 2910/Lot# 2507 $891.25
9/6/2012 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(3), 1174/Lot# 4775 $5,581.25
5/19/2013 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/19/2013, 75/Lot# 116624 $12,375.00
9/22/2014 NGC MS 65   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 2123 $71,875.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1839 O $2.5 MS
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961111312681543210027133075358841024599518258176674774090261134415666225223332850067762280
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1839 O $2.5 MS Prooflike
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 6324
Owner: Stiel Coin Collection
 
Grade: AU Details
Points: 1703
Owner: JTO
 
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