Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 21,598
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $177.36 (12/11/2019)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1846 $2.5 MS obverse 1846 $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1846 quarter eagle is extremely rare in Mint State, scarce in all grades, and generally unrecognized for its rarity. More than 30 years ago David Akers wrote these remarkable words concerning the issue:

'This is a very scarce and generally unappreciated date. Its number of appearances at auction (45 [out of 226 auctions between 1921-1975]) is lower than for many of the highly regarded dates in this series such as the 1848 CAL., the 1881, and the 1796 No Stars, to name just a few. As the auction records show, specimens better than EF are extremely rare.'

Even today, only a small handful of Mint State coins have been certified, with duplications almost certain.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/20/2019

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1846 $2.5 MS
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Base $ 315 365 400 500 675 850 975 1100 1800 4700 5250 12000 22000 - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 138
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 63

The chart showing 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/10/2019 1846 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----59811324931722-------138
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Total-----59811324931722-------138
 -----4 %7 %6 %8 %23 %36 %2 %12 %1 %1 %------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
11/27/2006 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2292, 2292/Lot# 2538 $1,400.00
9/14/2008 NGC MS 61   Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 1374 $8,050.00
5/30/2012 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(3), 1171/Lot# 4783 $1,330.55
8/30/2013 NGC   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4852 $413.60
6/15/2014 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 808, 817/Lot# 251 $1,200.00
10/31/2016 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 31 - November 2 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1241/Lot# 4349 $822.50
10/1/2017 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131741/Lot# 23767 $480.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1846 $2.5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base539584629729974120914781707265130993640394545605441721476088018844388869345982110316
554599662810105212981554202128003279374141504853603273457744815985909039950399860
0000001554202128003279374141504853603273457744815985909039950300
0000001630233629493459384343555147662374767881830187389192966200
1846 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base725811882925966129014771658190721062628390243615792737412515193083012647491490695068552340
754835896939107413521537174119732280305340554838631990881477922914359144801749608512370
000000153717411973228030534055483863199088147792291435914480174960800
0000001598182420402454347742085315684710801170442652041703485435014600
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 4361
Owner: Desert Gold
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 2106
Owner: GregLach
 
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