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: $198.76 (2/23/2020)
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: 1/3/2020

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1843 O SMALL DATE $2.5 MS
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Base $ 310 330 350 370 390 490 550 675 1020 1650 2200 3650 5750 21000 33000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 13500 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 585
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: 2/18/2020 1843 O SMALL DATE $2.5 MS
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Base--251927754774133115745238311----585
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Total--251927754774133116745238411----587
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1843 O SMALL DATE $2.5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5325756156928319741066115217622068244826652965327739656385674571207510791683378776
54658864073887810041094135518642194252027653069350647716505687072507645805684830
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0000001123155819662321259228653173373555786625699573807780819600
1843 O SMALL DATE $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base774838874908925966100510441117143316922302267131834095740388091559324268381693951240890
795850885914939979101810681222151918952425284234875198787211070184852890238617399710
00000010181068122215191895242528423487519878721107018485289023861700
00000010311093132816062099254830123791630083401333221376335353906400
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 2671
Owner: GregLach
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1692
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
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