Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 252,923
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $215.51 (4/21/2021)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1850 $2.5 MS obverse 1850 $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

After the California Gold Rush began in 1848, the amounts of gold making their way to the Philadelphia Mint increased dramatically. While that institution produced more than 23,000 quarter eagles in 1849, in 1850 it increased the amount more than tenfold. Despite the high mintage for the era of more than a quarter of a million pieces, the 1850 issue is quite elusive in the higher reaches of Mint State.

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Last Updated: 9/21/2020

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1850 $2.5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 435 435 450 450 475 400 475 500 550 950 1100 2500 4750 7700 - - - - - -
$ - - - - 650 - - 2850 5500 13000 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 513
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

The chart showing VG series, 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, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/20/2021 1850 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--1-27282847106169155535117--2---513
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Total--1-27282847106169155536117--2---514
 --0%-0%1%5%5%9%21%33%3%11%7%2%1%--0%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1850 $2.5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5325756156808318949009051217139116181753190327213167462382548689914196101009610601
54658863673085289690110091275146616631803217528693652583383998839929797721026411131
000000901100912751466166318032175286936525833839988399297977200
000000903111313331542170818532448301841377043854489909453993400
1850 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6747838208829009669901005115212191363184319492464354546177198955914285216452252923440
71079584188892297499510541174126715231878212128243902547779851113416738219402283324612
000000995105411741267152318782121282439025477798511134167382194000
0000001000110311971315168319142292318542606338877212710191922223400
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 2464
Owner: bbixby
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 1949
Owner: Beau Newman
 
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