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: $156.92 (9/24/2017)
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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1850 $2.5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 280 300 335 345 385 410 510 560 675 1150 1275 2000 4250 7700 23000 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 473
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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5/1/2003 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2003 May St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Sale #318, 318/Lot# 7196 $3,450.00
1/25/2004 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 3121 $3,105.00
10/14/2007 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2435, 2435/Lot# 2488 $476.00
7/19/2010 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 498, 504/Lot# 625 $425.50
11/3/2010 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 4838 $386.40
3/25/2012 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131214/Lot# 24754 $2,415.00
4/28/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/28/2013, 72/Lot# 112819 $755.70
9/7/2014 NGC MS 61   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 215452 $600.00
10/3/2016 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(3), 1240/Lot# 4015 $3,760.00
3/5/2017 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131711/Lot# 23533 $317.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1850 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6747838208829009669901005115212191363184319492464354546177198955914285216452252923440
7107958418889229749951054117412671523187821212824390254777985111341673821940228330
000000995105411741267152318782121282439025477798511134167382194000
0000001000110311971315168319142292318542606338877212710191922223400
1850 $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5325756156808318949009051217139116181753190327213167462382548689914196101009610601
5465886367308528969011009127514661663180321752869365258338399883992979772102640
000000901100912751466166318032175286936525833839988399297977200
000000903111313331542170818532448301841377043854489909453993400
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 1949
Owner: Beau Newman
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1363
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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