Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 62,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $216.05 (4/21/2021)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1846 O $2.5 MS obverse 1846 O $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The typical 1846-O Liberty Head quarter eagle is heavily circulated with the softness of strike often seen on coins from the New Orleans Mint in that era. A fairly large number of coins have been graded by the services in varying states of concentration of known examples was in the Harry W. Bass Jr. Collection, which boasted 10 coins. The Pittman example is the finest known. The coin sold in 1998 and has been graded by NGC as MS 66. The mintmark is large on all examples, and the last two digits of the date are tilted and very heavily impressed. On some coins the last two digits of the date are also repunched. The finest NGC to appear at auction was an NGC MS 64 that sold in October 2011 for $23,000.

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Last Updated: 9/21/2020

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1846 O $2.5 MS
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Base $ 450 450 465 495 735 925 1000 1500 3250 5000 7000 10000 17000 30000 - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 318
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64

The chart showing 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/20/2021 1846 O $2.5 MS
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Base---321253524416379218421------318
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Total---321253524416482218431------323
 ---1%7%8%11%7%13%20%25%1%6%1%1%0%------ 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1846 O $2.5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base57562066769587411811433164927213212379641234515535571298377881792739747102391074811277
59063567675497612651505200628843406390542534795594675458523896994319911104081092411841
00000015052006288434063905425347955946754585238969943199111040800
000000157723633048360140144384507565377961867091219589100751057800
1846 O $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base77484789192599011521488176719692455283439684499485367877960134391991229927455834711448682
798862902947104412641581183421312581321241454617549871789786155972325035146460934763751116
00000015811834213125813212414546175498717897861559723250351464609300
000000167419022293270835904322473561427569116131775426589403644660400
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Grade: MS 60
Points: 3968
Owner: Northwest Collection
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 2834
Owner: P.R.C.C.
 
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