Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 16,788
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $176.74 (11/13/2019)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1848 C $2.5 MS obverse 1848 C $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: A large number of the 1848-C Liberty Head quarter eagles were struck from bulged dies, and the quality of manufacture is quite poor. The coins are difficult to grade and almost appear to be damaged. The strike is particularly weak on the central portions of the obverse around the word LIBERTY. A small portion of the mintage was sharply struck, and these coins command a premium. The typical 1848-C quarter eagle grades Very Fine or Extremely Fine. Quite a few examples have been graded in various states of About Uncirculated, but true Mint State coins are very rare. The finest examples graded to date have been in MS 62 condition, one of which sold in October 2015 for $12,925.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/20/2019

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1848 C $2.5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 800 1000 1600 2150 2700 3150 3300 4450 6500 11000 13500 18200 - - - - - - - -
$ - - - - 9750 - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 161
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 62

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/12/2019 1848 C $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----13133119162827275--------161
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Total----13133119162828275--------162
 ----8 %8 %19 %12 %10 %17 %17 %1 %4 %3 %-------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/5/2006 NGC MS 62   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 946 $16,100.00
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 3684 $16,100.00
5/27/2007 NGC MS 60   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1490 $8,338.00
2/11/2008 NGC AU 53   Teletrade Auction 2488, 2488/Lot# 1937 $4,368.00
6/12/2008 NGC AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 256, 262/Lot# 5929 $3,147.55
11/3/2010 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 4832 $10,580.00
5/29/2011 PCGS XF 45   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 19158/Lot# 1181 $2,047.00
12/5/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(2), 1192/Lot# 3796 $4,700.00
12/22/2013 PCGS VF 20   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 159348 $471.63
2/3/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1202/Lot# 4554 $1,527.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1848 C $2.5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1563167317762029238828283087372236224037508457836240820086330000000
1600170718602149253529143299372237604386531759356893834486330000000
0000003299372237604386531759356893834486330000000
0000003510372238994735555060887547848986330000000
1848 C $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1450150515831843226827812948319433863902456554666048678779600000000
1468153116701985243928373030325835584123486556606294717879600000000
0000003030325835584123486556606294717879600000000
0000003112332237304344516658546541756979600000000
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 6048
Owner: Hornets Nest
 
Grade: XF 45
Points: 2948
Owner: Buzzard John
 
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