Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Dahlonega
Mintage: 3,532
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $176.83 (12/7/2019)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1840 D $2.5 MS obverse 1840 D $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The 1840-D quarter eagle is one of the rarest dates from this mint, if not from the entire Liberty Head quarter eagle series. Nearly all examples are well worn. The strike on most coins of this date is very uneven. The reverse is usually much weaker than the obverse, making proper grading a tricky endeavor. Many, if not most, examples are also struck from shattered obverse and reverse dies. The die breaks radiate fully to the rims on both sides. The 1840-D quarter eagle is a major condition rarity. Just a few Mint State coins have been graded. About Uncirculated coins are also very rare. The finest known example, an NGC MS 62 coin, was part of the famed Duke’s Creek Collection. The coin last sold at auction in April 2006 for $74,750. The late, great Southern coin dealer, Jack Hancock considered this coin to be one of the highlights of the Duke's Creek collection and one of his all-time favorite coins.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/19/2019

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1840 D $2.5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1400 1950 2500 4500 9250 11000 13750 18000 25000 36500 48500 90500 - - - - - - - -
$ - - - 22000 - - - - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 42
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 62

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/3/2019 1840 D $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---13585494111--------42
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---------1------------1
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Total---135854104111--------43
 ---2 %7 %12 %19 %12 %9 %23 %9 %2 %2 %2 %-------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/27/2007 PCGS AU 50   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1476 $8,912.50
2/3/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1202/Lot# 4547 $1,645.00
3/20/2014 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 March 20 The Collection of Donald E. Bently - Bently Foundation US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(1), 1205/Lot# 30233 $10,575.00
9/3/2014 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 3 - 5 & 9 - 10 World & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 3035/Lot# 35105 $1,116.25
8/13/2015 NGC   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 10179 $21,150.00
10/3/2016 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1240/Lot# 3269 $8,812.50
9/5/2019 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2019 September 5 - 8 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1299/Lot# 7780 $3,840.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1840 D $2.5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11112585111486560077222785981539234143731986127934399681111
11186225851116225245641274347957851310947162022255231945399681110
000000116225245641274347957851310947162022255231945399681100
000000132435626681776468055887312660180312524335956399681100
1840 D $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base186519532161275431944134512653475879674076518559988611776141180000000
1894202223592901350744655200552461667044795490011051612557141180000000
0000005200552461667044795490011051612557141180000000
0000005273570264537347825694441114613337141180000000
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 6740
Owner: Longstreet Collection
 
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