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: $216.12 (4/21/2021)
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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Last Updated: 9/21/2020

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1849 $2.5 MS
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Base $ 435 435 450 575 900 950 1250 1250 1950 2900 3100 4000 8500 - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 135
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 63

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/20/2021 1849 $2.5 MS
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1849 $2.5 MS PL
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Base53257561569288411521488176222082455277529653126391251675475579761326482684672257620
54658864075697312641579191022902561283830183388433052695582590862486603697273568001
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1849 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6748028208829251333158317071949204823522985321637474912546684781213317649260732708728131
71780884189610611416162417881982214925633062339341355097647096961397220457264112743529538
0000001624178819822149256330623393413550976470969613972204572641100
00000016661868201522512774313935704524528174741091515810232652674900
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 2048
Owner: Grand Tour
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 2048
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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