Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 288,002
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $178.36 (12/6/2019)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1843 O SMALL DATE $2.5 MS obverse 1843 O SMALL DATE $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: As the high mintage would suggest, the 1843-O, Small Date, Crosslet 4, Liberty Head quarter eagle is the most common issue from the New Orleans Mint of the denomination. A fair number of coins are known, but mostly in the lower grades. Harry W. Bass Jr. must have really found this date an interesting study; he owned 11 examples. The best coin from the Bass menagerie was graded an astounding prooflike MS 64. The mintmark for the date is much larger than on previous issues from the New Orleans Mint. Although the 1843-O Small Date is relatively available in circulated grades, Mint State coins are usually quite scarce, and only one has been graded at the gem level. That coin sold at auction in March 2013 for $25,850.

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Last Updated: 8/20/2019

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1843 O SMALL DATE $2.5 MS
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Base $ 310 330 350 370 430 490 550 675 1000 1650 2200 3650 5750 21000 33000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 13500 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 583
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66

The chart showing VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/3/2019 1843 O SMALL DATE $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--251927754774131115745238311----583
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Total--251927754774131116745238411----585
 --0 %1 %3 %5 %13 %8 %13 %22 %20 %1 %8 %4 %1 %1 %0 %0 %---- 

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12/7/2019 MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2019 December 5 - 7 US Coins Signature Auction Session(3), 1302/Lot# 4178


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11/10/2004 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 1960, 1960/Lot# 2034 $253.00
4/3/2006 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 81: The Leesburg Sale, 86/Lot# 1037 $828.00
9/22/2009 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #29101, 29101/Lot# 20724 $431.25
6/17/2010 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The June 2010 Baltimore Auction, 41/Lot# 3499 $12,362.50
11/20/2011 NGC AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/20/2011, 145/Lot# 24213 $522.50
1/29/2012 PCGS XF 45   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1176 $345.00
11/29/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(5), 1177/Lot# 10592 $282.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1843 O SMALL DATE $2.5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5325756156928319741066115217622068244826652965327739656385674571207510791683378776
54658864073887810041094135518642194252027653069350647716505687072507645805684830
0000001094135518642194252027653069350647716505687072507645805600
0000001123155819662321259228653173373555786625699573807780819600
1843 O SMALL DATE $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base774838874908925966100510441117143316922302267131834095740388091559324268381693951240890
795850885914939979101810681222151918952425284234875198787211070184852890238617399710
00000010181068122215191895242528423487519878721107018485289023861700
00000010311093132816062099254830123791630083401333221376335353906400
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1692
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 1117
Owner: Ed Ron Collection
 
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