Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 12,822
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $177.99 (11/21/2019)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1840 C $2.5 MS obverse 1840 C $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The 1840-C Liberty Head quarter eagle is popular as the first Liberty Head gold coin from the Charlotte Mint. The 1840-C is scarce, but generally available in the Extremely Fine and About Uncirculated ranges. Most examples seen are well struck, and are among the sharpest from that mint. The mintmark is very small, and is the same one used on the 1841-C, 1842-C, and the 1843-C Small Date. Probably about a dozen Mint State coins are known, with the finest I have seen being the superb Harry W. Bass Jr. coin. The finest coins seen by NGC have been MS 63, and one of these sold in January 2012 for $19,550.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/19/2019

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1840 C $2.5 MS
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 157
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63

The chart showing VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/19/2019 1840 C $2.5 MS
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Base--115520142339335623-------157
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Total--115520142340336623-------159
 --1 %1 %3 %3 %13 %9 %14 %25 %21 %4 %4 %1 %2 %------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/12/1998 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 1014, 1014/Lot# 1844 $949.50
9/19/2005 NGC AU 58   Goldberg September 19-21, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 32/Lot# 2341 $6,300.00
2/28/2012 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7288 $4,312.50
7/6/2014 PCGS VF 30   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 199/Lot# 206373 $1,980.00
9/9/2016 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 9 - 12 The Twelve Oaks Collection Signature Auction Session(2), 1244/Lot# 13316 $2,820.00
9/9/2016 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 9 - 12 The Twelve Oaks Collection Signature Auction Session(3), 1244/Lot# 13941 $11,162.50
9/9/2016 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 9 - 12 The Twelve Oaks Collection Signature Auction Session(2), 1244/Lot# 13317 $3,290.00
12/13/2018 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions 2018 December 13-14 US Coins Signature Auction Session(2), 1282/Lot# 3694 $1,440.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1840 C $2.5 MS PL
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Base15261589163919852401323836013817420245124935574760897586940012226169442387234320000
154716061754212426803359367339454305465352065861658881911034213799192532735534320000
000000367339454305465352065861658881911034213799192532735534320000
000000374540744409479454765975708787951128415371215633083734320000
1840 C $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base150515581609204823523033323834273601378345915563582766858009118421645423239335413481000
152315751755214925793101330134853662405249155651611371269287133791871626673339643481000
000000330134853662405249155651611371269287133791871626673339643481000
0000003364354337224322523957396399756810564149172097730107343873481000
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Grade: MS 60
Points: 5563
Owner: Hornets Nest
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 3783
Owner: Desert Gold
 
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