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: $178.62 (12/15/2019)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/6/2019

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1851 $2.5 MS
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Base $ 300 315 325 345 355 365 375 385 395 525 550 700 1100 2250 7000 12000 37500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 725 - 2900 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 909
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66

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, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/10/2019 1851 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--1-572321298926522168173613681----909
----------------1-----1
---------1---111------4
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Total--1-572321299026522168174623791----914
 --0 %-1 %1 %3 %2 %3 %10 %29 %2 %18 %19 %7 %4 %1 %0 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
8/6/2001 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2001 Atlanta, GA Signature Sale #267, 267/Lot# 7622 $402.50
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 586 $517.50
2/5/2009 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 331, 337/Lot# 6265 $1,035.00
8/7/2010 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The August 2010 Boston Rarities Sale, 34/Lot# 1506 $2,645.00
7/24/2011 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131131/Lot# 24395 $250.70
6/3/2012 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 3287, 3287/Lot# 2414 $675.00
9/30/2012 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/30/2012, 42/Lot# 71872 $550.00
11/29/2012 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(5), 1177/Lot# 10608 $440.63
10/16/2019 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions Tuesday & Wednesday US Coins Weekly Online Auction Session(2), 131943/Lot# 27837 $396.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 $2.5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base53257561568083189491092511311252141615151537200125015062536656836013635867177090
54658863673085289991599311711306144915221691216733545163547157936128647768410
00000091599311711306144915221691216733545163547157936128647700
000000920106212111361148215291846233442085264557759036243659700
1851 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base67480282088290091693394996699010361206126515582048269947565656864499261477615443
717808841888905922938955974100510931226136317212265338550566652907111543149980
00000093895597410051093122613631721226533855056665290711154300
00000094496098210211149124514601885248240705356764894991315900
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 2048
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 1558
Owner: Daniel J Smith
 
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