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: $157.35 (9/20/2017)
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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1840 $2.5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 104
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 64


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/6/2004 NGC AU 55   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 1507 $2,300.00
4/26/2006 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2006 April (CSNS) Signature Auction #404, 404/Lot# 2354 $920.00
4/27/2011 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(5), 1154/Lot# 6306 $1,840.00
2/11/2013 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3417, 3417/Lot# 2921 $575.00
3/21/2013 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2013 March 21 -22 & 24 US Coin Signature Auction - Dallas Session(3), 1183/Lot# 4106 $1,351.25
4/24/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1184/Lot# 5482 $2,467.50
5/4/2014 NGC XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/04/2014, 169/Lot# 189522 $882.20
8/13/2015 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 1174 $5,875.00


NGC Registry

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