Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 4,808
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $156.00 (10/17/2017)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1846 C $2.5 MS obverse 1846 C $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: A fire in July of 1844 closed the Charlotte Mint until 1846. Production was limited, and therefore, the 1846-C Liberty Head quarter eagle is rare in all grades. The mintage of 4,808 coins is one of the lowest for the series. One or two high grade coins are known; otherwise most are well worn. On average, just a few examples are offered for sale in any given year. The most interesting striking characteristic for the 1846-C quarter eagle is the die rust that is so clearly evident on the obverse. This can be seen even on well-worn coins. Coins from clashed dies are also not uncommon. Some may be seen with matte-like surfaces, probably the result of saltwater submersion.

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Last Updated: 8/8/2017

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1846 C $2.5 MS
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Base $ 1050 1150 1475 1875 3550 6050 7450 9750 14500 18250 20000 25000 45000 61000 - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 67
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63


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4/30/1997 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 0941, 941/Lot# 1942 $2,057.25
9/19/2005 PCGS AU 50   Goldberg September 19-21, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 32/Lot# 2354 $6,325.00
8/15/2011 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 9205 $9,200.00
1/3/2012 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(5), 1166/Lot# 4750 $34,500.00
11/10/2013 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 116913 $2,836.90
4/22/2015 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1219/Lot# 6070 $3,525.00
8/13/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 10202 $21,150.00
9/7/2016 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 7 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1239/Lot# 4465 $2,820.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1846 $2.5 MS C Prooflike
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Base172518471941223326803317368345155276569763246973721079849740108391136700000
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1846 $2.5 MS C
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Base165817531843210623853260355441574552510460076581682074319234102851100600000
169017831931219926773358375542894736540561986661702480329584105251100600000
000000375542894736540561986661702480329584105251100600000
000000395644204920570663906740722786339935107661100600000
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 6007
Owner: Hornets Nest
 
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