Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,823
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $178.25 (12/12/2019)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1842 $2.5 MS obverse 1842 $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The total coined for the year was just 2,823 pieces, most of which were lost or circulated for years into much lower grades.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/30/2019

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1842 $2.5 MS
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Base $ 825 1000 1450 2750 5750 7000 7950 11500 12000 19500 - - - - - - - - - -
$ - - - - 13000 - - - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 22
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 60

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/10/2019 1842 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----13623241----------22
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Total----13623241----------22
 ----5 %14 %27 %9 %14 %9 %18 %5 %---------- 

Auction Prices Realized

A random selection of coins is shown below.

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/9/2008 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #454, 454/Lot# 3826 $4,887.50
5/25/2008 NGC AU 55   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 4551 $6,900.00
8/7/2010 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers The August 2010 Boston Rarities Sale, 34/Lot# 1463 $1,140.00
1/8/2014 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1201/Lot# 5359 $15,275.00
9/9/2016 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 9 - 12 The Twelve Oaks Collection Signature Auction Session(2), 1244/Lot# 13319 $3,995.00
9/9/2016 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 9 - 12 The Twelve Oaks Collection Signature Auction Session(3), 1244/Lot# 13945 $9,106.25
1/4/2017 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2017 January 4 - 9 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Session(6), 1251/Lot# 6584 $5,405.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1842 $2.5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base653703754102119773545400543985213565762296564693173147712812685569002946699471044610963
669720843133924993698413646695361584763406686705874467850826987049156962610113106180
00000041364669536158476340668670587446785082698704915696261011300
00000042674941550960386452680871867579798884128853931197861027900
1842 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12391303145017762268358342024445481752435879695173747651876814788208492989843575450554657348128
12601352155919402706378942834569495954556236709274668023107751680823865344574406845561470910
0000004283456949595455623670927466802310775168082386534457440684556100
0000004364469351015667659472337559839612781188292688239016445624606700
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Grade: AU 53
Points: 4817
Owner: Desert Gold
 
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