Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 84,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $215.64 (4/21/2021)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1850 O $2.5 MS obverse 1850 O $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The most interesting feature of the 1850-O Liberty Head quarter eagle is the extremely poor quality of the strike on most known examples. The central portions are usually very weak, to the point of looking mushy. Grading coins of the issue can be difficult, and one must consider any remaining luster as the primary guide. The date is scarce in all grades, and just a few coins are offered for sale most years. Not surprisingly, the Harry W. Bass Jr. Collection contained nine examples. The date is very rare in full Mint State, particularly in Choice condition. The Smithsonian coin is a stunning Choice MS 63 example, one of the finest known. The single NGC MS 64 example has not appeared at auction.

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Last Updated: 9/21/2020

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1850 O $2.5 MS
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Base $ 435 435 450 475 550 925 1100 1400 2000 4000 6200 9250 22500 - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 357
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 64

The chart showing 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/20/2021 1850 O $2.5 MS
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Base---21923524261816238211------357
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Total---21923524261816338211------358
 ---1%5%6%15%12%17%23%18%1%2%1%0%0%------ 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1850 O $2.5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base53958462968087412061563185226503047353838174483631763176674704674337836825586909141
55459964674498413251659211827823210363140395094631764366798717575677975840088409598
0000001659211827823210363140395094631764366798717575677975840000
0000001755238429143374372442615705631765556922730477018115854500
1850 O $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base72582083890096612261477177619492197268536943984429061699904149612289535457367293803539374
7578268599221053131015771834203223603021379140864916741411590176062708235881371643848141343
000000157718342032236030213791408649167414115901760627082358813716400
000000167618912114252233583887418855438659132752025031270363053760000
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 3984
Owner: bbixby
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 2197
Owner: P.R.C.C.
 
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