Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 4,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $176.29 (11/12/2019)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1845 O $2.5 MS obverse 1845 O $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: At one time the 1845-O Liberty Head quarter eagle was considered a major rarity. The mintage was not recorded in the mint director’s annual report of 1845, and the coin was not publicized until B. Max Mehl supposedly discovered the issue. The date sold for more than $300 in the 1930s, a very large sum for the time. The 1845-O quarter eagle is scarce in all grades, but not as unavailable as would be expected from the low mintage. However, the date is a major rarity in Mint State. NGC has graded only one example in Mint State. Some examples of the date are seen with a die defect to the right of Liberty’s neck. The mint mark is large and the 18 of the date is boldly recut.

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Last Updated: 8/20/2019

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1845 O $2.5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 64
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: 11/12/2019 1845 O $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----1710121011111-1--------64
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Total----1710121011111-1--------64
 ----2 %11 %16 %19 %16 %17 %17 %2 %-2 %-------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/1/1996 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 1996 May/June Long Beach Sale #157, 157/Lot# 7261 $6,875.00
4/19/2000 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1298, 1298/Lot# 2034 $3,587.00
7/31/2009 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2009 August Los Angeles, CA US Coin Auction #1128, 1128/Lot# 2358 $6,037.50
1/1/2013 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 12593 $7,931.25
8/4/2013 PCGS MS 92   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 763, 772/Lot# 230 $1,850.00
4/13/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/13/2014, 181/Lot# 186371 $1,059.30
9/9/2016 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 9 - 12 The Twelve Oaks Collection Signature Auction Session(3), 1244/Lot# 13951 $5,875.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1845 O $2.5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12181298138214691561241739034836535856646075632467947704916015067211743027143990439904548147009
12441326141114991846291242145010546058016158648070978189111291710224206348444399044487459900
0000004214501054605801615864807097818911129171022420634844439904448700
0000004525518455625938624166377400867413098191382723839417439904498400
1845 O $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base127113931505190724953345398444314817541764737317876892231022614617205952951642994429944446045963
13121430163921032778355841334560501757696754780189209557116901661023569340094299443483449610
0000004133456050175769675478018920955711690166102356934009429944348300
0000004282468852176121703682849071989213153186022654238501429944397100
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 6473
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
Grade: AU 50
Points: 4431
Owner: Hoboken Collection
 
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