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: $182.05 (9/20/2019)
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: 8/19/2019

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1842 D $2.5 MS
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Base $ 1350 1550 2100 4100 6250 7450 9000 11000 17000 32000 41000 70000 - - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 67
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 62

The chart showing 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: 9/17/2019 1842 D $2.5 MS
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Base----761489118-31--------67
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Total----761489118-31--------67
 ----10 %9 %21 %12 %13 %16 %12 %-4 %1 %-------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Images
Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
7/27/2005 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2005 July San Francisco, CA (ANA) Signature Auction #382, 382/Lot# 7334 $4,600.00
5/19/2008 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2531, 2531/Lot# 2246 $9,856.00
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
7/21/2011 NGC VF 25   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 603, 610/Lot# 8489 $2,300.00
1/24/2012 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The January 2012 Americana Sale, 134/Lot# 10547 $8,970.00
1/29/2012 PCGS XF 45   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1171 $5,520.00
11/3/2013 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/03/2013, 99/Lot# 149213 $5,023.70
6/4/2015 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1221/Lot# 4192 $9,400.00
8/13/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 10181 $25,850.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1842 $2.5 MS D Prooflike
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Base202921132271251933864449466850035345592772438861936111070115530000000
205721662354280837404522478051175539636677829028993111231115530000000
000000478051175539636677829028993111231115530000000
0000004891523157336804832291941050011392115530000000
1842 $2.5 MS D
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Base192820092161240132384268448048055137570269828559904610708112350000000
195520602241268035814339458849165325612975088721960010884112350000000
000000458849165325612975088721960010884112350000000
0000004697502655146555803388841015411059112350000000
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 6982
Owner: Longstreet Collection
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 5702
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
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