Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 33,580
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $155.53 (10/17/2017)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1840 O $2.5 MS obverse 1840 O $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: A quick check of the auction records for this issue reveals that only a few coins on average are offered for sale each year. The exception was the sale of the Harry W. Bass Jr. Collection, which contained seven examples. Most of the bass coins were Extremely Fine. His finest coin, however, was nearly Gem quality and typical of coins from the New Orleans Mint during that year. There are two sizes of mintmarks, one of which is very small, and the other is normal in size. This date is now seldom offered and must be considered rare in any grade. Mint State coins are very rare, with NGC having only certified 15 coins at the level. A single coin has been certified as MS 63, but has not traded at public auction.

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Last Updated: 8/8/2017

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1840 O $2.5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 345 360 475 725 1350 2400 2775 3700 5350 9500 10700 18350 28500 - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 111
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/15/1998 PCGS VF 35   Teletrade Auction 1058, 1058/Lot# 2116 $337.60
8/13/2005 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions Continuous Internet Auction #65083, 65083/Lot# 24495 $5,700.00
3/20/2006 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 79, 84/Lot# 993 $920.00
9/14/2008 NGC MS 60   Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 1372 $6,900.00
1/29/2012 NGC Details XF Details  Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1167 $575.00
10/17/2012 PCGS XF 40   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 5344 $1,380.00
4/24/2013 NGC VF 20   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(9), 1184/Lot# 9216 $317.25
10/8/2014 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1210/Lot# 4957 $7,343.75
9/7/2016 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 7 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1239/Lot# 4447 $1,762.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1840 $2.5 MS O Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base48752757061566314102174271036074063462949525254587972108541156442294434158515685324554961
50054158563191216642352300937594251473650525462632276531090818077266823996152127538170
000000235230093759425147365052546263227653109081807726682399615212700
000000253133083911444048445153567067668097132762051030420457645268600
1840 $2.5 MS O
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8209009251103142120092335269928983324393550495306659578088247151822233033332504485209753786
8479089841209161721182456276530403528430651355736699979541055917565259973903750998526600
000000245627653040352843065135573669997954105591756525997390375099800
000000257828323182373146785220616574048101128701994729665447435154700
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 3324
Owner: Fiddlehead
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 3324
Owner: Stiel Coin Collection
 
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