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: $154.86 (10/21/2017)
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: 8/8/2017

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1846 O $2.5 MS
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Base $ 315 340 360 400 510 1065 1300 1985 2650 5450 7250 8650 19750 30000 - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 297
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66


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11/4/2017 AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1261/Lot# 20271


Auction Prices Realized

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2/27/2003 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2003 February Long Beach Signature Sale #314, 314/Lot# 8115 $1,265.00
5/25/2008 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 4556 $10,637.50
6/14/2011 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, 92/Lot# 9247 $2,070.00
10/13/2011 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(3), 1160/Lot# 4661 $23,000.00
6/3/2012 NGC F 12   Teletrade Auction 3287, 3287/Lot# 2412 $260.00
2/3/2014 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1202/Lot# 4551 $1,762.50
7/27/2014 NGC AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/27/2014, 201/Lot# 209193 $710.60
10/19/2014 NGC F 12   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 826, 835/Lot# 275 $300.00
4/27/2016 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1234/Lot# 5669 $1,880.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1846 $2.5 MS O Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base57562066769587411811433164927213212379641234515535571298377881792739747102391074811277
5906356767549761265150520062884340639054253479559467545852389699431991110408109240
00000015052006288434063905425347955946754585238969943199111040800
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1846 $2.5 MS O
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base77484789192599011521488176719692455283439684499485367877960134391991229927455834711448682
79886290294710441264158118342131258132124145461754987178978615597232503514646093476370
00000015811834213125813212414546175498717897861559723250351464609300
000000167419022293270835904322473561427569116131775426589403644660400
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Grade: MS 60
Points: 3968
Owner: Northwest Collection
 
Grade: XF 45
Points: 1488
Owner: ddr70
 
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