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: $155.57 (10/19/2017)
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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Last Updated: 8/8/2017

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1851 D $2.5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 85
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Price
4/6/2006 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2006 April Atlanta, GA (ANA) Signature Auction #402, 402/Lot# 1508 $63,250.00
6/1/2011 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(5), 1156/Lot# 9187 $1,150.00
10/13/2011 NGC Details F Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(5), 1160/Lot# 9959 $805.00
1/29/2012 PCGS XF 40   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1199 $1,955.00
11/13/2012 NGC Details VF Details  Teletrade Auction 3381, 3381/Lot# 1253 $911.00
2/9/2014 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/09/2014, 171/Lot# 163168 $2,750.00
5/5/2014 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3480, 6029/Lot# 20452 $4,406.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 $2.5 MS D Prooflike
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1851 $2.5 MS D
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Base15051558160918432179283432603601390241724935579268207910833110675144541993227980290483014731275
1523157516871955239729763374370139924426522161357183805091121193516280226152833629414305230
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000000348738024082468155066477754781919894131941810625297286922978100
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