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: $158.83 (9/20/2017)
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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1845 O $2.5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 59
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 60


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1/3/2000 PCGS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 1255, 1255/Lot# 1986 $764.88
3/17/2011 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2011 March Sacramento Signature ANA US Coin Auction Session(3), 1153/Lot# 4631 $4,025.00
3/31/2011 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 6243 $1,265.00
2/2/2012 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(3), 1167/Lot# 4636 $29,900.00
7/12/2012 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1172/Lot# 4703 $6,325.00
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
10/31/2016 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 31 - November 2 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1241/Lot# 5449 $5,170.00


NGC Registry

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