Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 18,859
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $235.41 (8/14/2020)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1840 $2.5 MS obverse 1840 $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1840 Liberty Head quarter eagle boasts a mintage of just 18,859 pieces, small in comparison to most denominations, but nominal in the context of the series. The year saw the first use of Gobrecht's Liberty Head design, and the date is prized by type collectors today, but few examples were saved by the general public at the time of issue. Examples in Choice Mint State condition are very rare, as reflected by the population data.

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Last Updated: 4/24/2020

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1840 $2.5 MS
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Base $ 365 380 415 1050 1600 2500 2950 3150 3700 6250 6650 9000 14750 36000 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 108
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 64

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/11/2020 1840 $2.5 MS
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1840 $2.5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base570615655692106617622292270531503404374239454414482460587008739477958212864590959562
585628667816129819382429285332343516380941014550523563747136752779348356879592500
0000002429285332343516380941014550523563747136752779348356879500
0000002567300133193629387742574687564666917265766180738500894500
1840 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base820838882900133318432335271329103103334544724694515860079084105561499821669318063298034186
826853888104415032007246127792974318437214546484954417033957512037172222504832197333820
00000024612779297431843721454648495441703395751203717222250483219700
000000258728443039326440964620500357248058100651351719445284273258900
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 3103
Owner: Desert Gold
 
Grade: AU 50
Points: 2713
Owner: Fiddlehead
 
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