Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Dahlonega
Mintage: 4,643
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $156.76 (10/16/2017)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1842 D $2.5 MS obverse 1842 D $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The 1842-D Liberty Head quarter eagle is a very scarce coin in any grade. Only 4,643 coins were struck for the year at the Dahlonega Mint, and it is thought that fewer than 100 coins survive in all grades. Extensively circulated and flawed coins are the norm, and the date ranks as one of the most difficult to locate in high grade. The date is usually found with a decent strike but is sometimes seen with an area of roughness on the neck of Liberty. The first three digits of the date are repunched on most of the examples seen. The finest seen by the authors has been the NGC MS 62 coin that is a part of the Duke’s Creek Collection. The coin last sold at public auction in April 2006 for $57,500.

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Last Updated: 8/8/2017

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1842 D $2.5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 69
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 62


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Auction Prices Realized

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11/25/1996 PCGS VG 10   Teletrade Auction 0896, 896/Lot# 1817 $553.88
5/24/2009 NGC AU 53   Goldberg May 24-27, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 53/Lot# 1194 $6,325.00
1/31/2010 NGC AU 58   Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 2069 $14,375.00
2/15/2010 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers The March 2010 Baltimore Auction, 33/Lot# 3591 $32,775.00
7/21/2011 NGC VF 25   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 603, 610/Lot# 8489 $2,300.00
10/18/2012 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1175/Lot# 5540 $8,225.00
11/3/2013 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/03/2013, 99/Lot# 149213 $5,023.70
5/25/2014 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131422/Lot# 22166 $1,498.13
11/14/2014 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 14 - 15 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection Part V US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1215/Lot# 3212 $6,462.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1842 $2.5 MS D Prooflike
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Base168217831889199921133198490159736808727678868247844591601057117182235923298246914484785008051720
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1842 $2.5 MS D
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Base1928200921612401280738344361480551375702698281109065107081123516686229653217845870474074898350597
195520602241253631494010450949165325612973588428961310884130521877926036367424638247932495210
00000045094916532561297358842896131088413052187792603636742463824793200
000000465750265514655577348747101601105914869208722910741306468954845800
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