Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,372,748
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $156.73 (9/25/2017)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1851 $2.5 MS obverse 1851 $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

For the first time since its inception in 1796, Quarter Eagle production at the Philadelphia mint amounted to more than 1 million coins in 1851. Needless to say, the 1851 is one of the most easily obtainable issues in the early Liberty Quarter Eagle series, but only in circulated and lower BU grades. At the Gem level, this is considered rare.

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1851 $2.5 MS
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Base $ 290 300 335 345 355 375 385 400 430 550 595 850 1400 2400 8250 12500 37500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 862
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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6/27/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 1305 $301.30
7/7/2009 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #29073, 29073/Lot# 24856 $1,092.50
9/19/2010 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 2769 $336.00
12/18/2011 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 3191, 3191/Lot# 2281 $625.00
5/6/2012 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131220/Lot# 26422 $231.15
6/2/2013 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/02/2013, 77/Lot# 118869 $326.70
6/3/2014 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 4549 $881.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 $2.5 MS
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Base67480282088290091693394996699010361206126515582048269947565656864499261477615443
717808841888905922938955974100510931226136317212265338550566652907111543149980
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1851 $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base53257561568083189491092511311252141615151537200125015062536656836013635867177090
54658863673085289991599311711306144915221691216733545163547157936128647768410
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000000920106212111361148215291846233442085264557759036243659700
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 1265
Owner: Coin Maven
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 990
Owner: Coin Trader
 
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