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: $154.86 (10/21/2017)
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: 8/8/2017

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1850 O $2.5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 300 310 345 385 565 1075 1275 1600 2375 4650 5500 6500 15500 - - - - - - -
$ - - - - 2900 - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 333
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 64


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
6/1/1998 NGC XF 40   Teletrade Auction 1054, 1054/Lot# 2056 $316.50
9/15/2003 NGC AU 53   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 1074 $920.00
8/15/2011 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 3715 $1,035.00
11/25/2012 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131249/Lot# 26972 $235.00
3/21/2013 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2013 March 21 -22 & 24 US Coin Signature Auction - Dallas Session(3), 1183/Lot# 4115 $881.25
3/23/2014 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 796, 805/Lot# 961 $2,600.00
7/6/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 199/Lot# 206378 $302.50
9/9/2016 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 9 - 12 The Twelve Oaks Collection Signature Auction Session(2), 1244/Lot# 13345 $5,875.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1850 $2.5 MS O Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base53958462968087412061563185226503047353838174483631763176674704674337836825586909141
55459964674498413251659211827823210363140395094631764366798717575677975840088400
0000001659211827823210363140395094631764366798717575677975840000
0000001755238429143374372442615705631765556922730477018115854500
1850 $2.5 MS O
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base72582083890096612261477177619492197268536943984429061699904149612289535457367293803539374
757826859922105313101577183420322360302137914086491674141159017606270823588137164384810
000000157718342032236030213791408649167414115901760627082358813716400
000000167618912114252233583887418855438659132752025031270363053760000
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Grade: XF Details
Points: 613
Owner: B.L. Birdy
 
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