Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Dahlonega
Mintage: 12,148
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $177.16 (11/13/2019)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1850 D $2.5 MS obverse 1850 D $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The 1850-D Liberty Head quarter eagle is quite a scarce coin, but examples of this elusive issue have been offered at auction with regularity for the last few years. Most surviving coins are in grades of Extremely Fine to About Uncirculated. Mint State 1850-D quarter eagles are very rare. NGC has graded about a dozen coins as Mint State. Most of these coins are at the MS 61 and MS 62 level and have been graded recently. The Harry W. Bass Jr. example was offered as an AU 58 coin, but Jeff Garrett’s notes for the auction stated that the piece could grade at the MS 62 level. A single example has been graded MS 63 by NGC, but has not been offered at auction.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/21/2019

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1850 D $2.5 MS
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Base $ 850 975 1250 2100 2850 3700 4000 5250 6000 12000 13000 21500 36000 - - - - - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 147
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/12/2019 1850 D $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--2-5320923333721012-------147
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Total--2-5320923333721012-------147
 --1 %-3 %2 %14 %6 %16 %22 %25 %1 %7 %1 %1 %------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/26/2002 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2002 September Long Beach Signature Sale #300, 300/Lot# 7982 $8,912.50
11/9/2005 PCGS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 2116, 2116/Lot# 2160 $1,736.00
2/5/2006 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 963 $6,698.75
8/2/2012 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(3), 1173/Lot# 4474 $3,818.75
11/1/2013 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1191/Lot# 4552 $3,055.00
3/28/2014 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 6180 $3,818.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1850 D $2.5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base15891644177420292271296832703474450549275467578364887704916014678000000
160716871859211025033069333838184646510755726018689381891099914678000000
000000333838184646510755726018689381891099914678000000
000000340641614786528756786253729986751283914678000000
1850 D $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base15051558168319282161283431263324359240484396556362017126904614237000000
152316001765200623852931319234133744416447855776650977661077614237000000
000000319234133744416447855776650977661077614237000000
000000325835033896428051745988681884061250714237000000
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 4048
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
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