Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Dahlonega
Mintage: 11,264
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $177.92 (11/14/2019)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1851 D $2.5 MS obverse 1851 D $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: Most of the 1851-D Liberty Head quarter eagles seen are well struck for the era, particularly for a coin from the Dahlonega Mint. The date is usually offered in grades ranging from Very Fine to Extremely Fine. The 1851-D quarter eagle is scarce in all grades, with just three to six coins offered at auction each year. About Uncirculated coins are quite rare, especially in the higher range of that grade. The Smithsonian example is a pleasing AU 55. The 1851-D quarter eagle is a true grade rarity in Mint State. Only 5 surviving coins have been graded at that level by NGC. The finest known example is the stunning Duke’s Creek Collection coin, which is the lone MS 65 coin. The coin is a radiant gem and at one time was part of the famed Eliasberg Collection. The Duke’s Creek coin sold for $63,250 in 2006.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/21/2019

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1851 D $2.5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 87
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65

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, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/12/2019 1851 D $2.5 MS
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Base---146135151919-21-11-----87
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 ---1 %5 %7 %15 %6 %17 %22 %22 %-2 %1 %-1 %1 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
8/19/2007 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 2410, 2410/Lot# 1936 $2,296.00
12/2/2010 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2010 December Houston Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1147/Lot# 4312 $2,760.00
1/5/2011 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(5), 1151/Lot# 6718 $3,593.75
3/31/2011 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 6255 $1,322.50
1/29/2012 PCGS XF 40   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1199 $1,955.00
2/9/2014 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/09/2014, 171/Lot# 163168 $2,750.00
12/13/2018 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2018 December 13-14 US Coins Signature Auction Session(2), 1282/Lot# 3707 $3,600.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 D $2.5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1589164416971941260132103408362242974603513757857077819582471103214900204970000
1607166217782161280432763479384743994781535362167450821291751232116766204970000
0000003479384743994781535362167450821291751232116766204970000
00000035514072450149595569664678228230101041361118631204970000
1851 D $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base150515581609184324803068326034673902412649355582682079107960904611221199320000
152315751687205526763132332936123977439651515995718379278322977114125199320000
000000332936123977439651515995718379278322977114125199320000
0000003398375740514665536664077547794386841049617028199320000
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 7910
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 4935
Owner: Longstreet Collection
 
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