Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 23,294
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $156.92 (9/23/2017)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1849 $2.5 MS obverse 1849 $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Although 1849 was the year of the California Gold Rush, much of that gold had not yet reached the Philadelphia Mint and so only 23,294 quarter eagles were struck. 1849 would be the last year of such a low mintage. The next year Philadelphia would strike 10 times that number, and in 1851 more than a million quarter eagles were struck. Examples of this issue are seldom seen in Mint State.

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1849 $2.5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 134
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 63


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6/17/2007 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2382, 2382/Lot# 2370 $980.00
6/17/2010 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The June 2010 Baltimore Auction, 41/Lot# 3511 $1,035.00
9/19/2010 NGC AU 53   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 2768 $690.00
1/3/2012 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(7), 1166/Lot# 6115 $1,265.00
5/30/2012 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(3), 1171/Lot# 4796 $1,380.00
3/21/2013 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2013 March 21 -22 & 24 US Coin Signature Auction - Dallas Session(3), 1183/Lot# 4113 $2,350.00
6/23/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/23/2013, 80/Lot# 121648 $346.50
3/3/2016 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2016 March 3 - 6 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(2), 1233/Lot# 4406 $1,762.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1849 $2.5 MS
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Base6748028208829251333158317071949204823522985321637474912546684781213317649260732708728131
7178088418961061141616241788198221492563306233934135509764709696139722045726411274350
0000001624178819822149256330623393413550976470969613972204572641100
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1849 $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base53257561569288411521488176222082455277529653126391251675475579761326482684672257620
54658864075697312641579191022902561283830183388433052695582590862486603697273560
0000001579191022902561283830183388433052695582590862486603697200
0000001670205923722668290130723650474853725689602063656724709800
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 2048
Owner: Grand Tour
 
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