Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 14,923
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $154.86 (10/22/2017)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1851 C $2.5 MS obverse 1851 C $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: Most of the known coins of this date fall solidly in the Extremely Fine range. Mint State coins are scarce and seldom seen. Production quality for the issue varies, and while some coins are well struck, others are poorly made. Several examples we have seen were struck from severely clashed dies. The 1851-C Liberty Head quarter eagle is sometimes found with peculiar obverse die scratches across the face of Liberty; these can appear to be damage at first glance. The mintmark is tucked tightly beneath the eagle and can almost disappear with casual observation. The Smithsonian coin is in well-worn Extremely Fine condition.

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Last Updated: 8/8/2017

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1851 C $2.5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 109
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 62


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
8/19/1996 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 0868, 868/Lot# 2010 $18,375.00
4/6/2006 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2006 April Atlanta, GA (ANA) Signature Auction #402, 402/Lot# 1635 $2,530.00
4/21/2009 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 363, 369/Lot# 1206 $4,887.50
5/24/2009 NGC MS 61   Goldberg May 24-27, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 53/Lot# 1202 $7,475.00
11/3/2010 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 4846 $2,875.00
3/17/2011 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2011 March Sacramento Signature ANA US Coin Auction Session(3), 1153/Lot# 4638 $1,955.00
3/18/2013 NGC Details VF Details  Teletrade Auction 3422, 3422/Lot# 2880 $1,000.00
3/31/2013 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/31/2013, 68/Lot# 106424 $3,446.30


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 $2.5 MS C Prooflike
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Base15311644169719852451288532473560372242555111583264887008894913010000000
156916621793214025963006335136143900454053516051666176551030313010000000
000000335136143900454053516051666176551030313010000000
000000345636684077482655926269683583021165613010000000
1851 $2.5 MS C
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Base14501558160918432197267130333345356439354756504955636545912212607000000
148615751687196123552792313734183688420948545220589074041028412607000000
000000313734183688420948545220589074041028412607000000
000000324134913811448249515392621882631144512607000000
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 5563
Owner: Hornets Nest
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 3935
Owner: Coin Maven
 
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