Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 148,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $216.05 (4/21/2021)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1851 O $2.5 MS obverse 1851 O $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: With a mintage sharply higher than that of the previous year, the 1851-O Liberty Head quarter eagle is relatively available in grades short of Mint State. However, the date is quite rare in full Mint State, and examples are seldom offered. The only exception in recent decades was the sale of the Harry W. Bass Jr. Collection. His holdings constituted a small hoard, with 10 coins being offered over two years. These were promptly absorbed into the market and have rarely surfaced since. The finest specimen seen is a single MS 65 coin graded by NGC. The 1851-O issue is often seen with a sharply doubled date, including all four digits. These coins are among the most dramatic examples of repunching for the era. The strike for the date is average; some coins have weakness on the wing tips and centers.

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Last Updated: 9/21/2020

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1851 O $2.5 MS
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Base $ 435 435 475 500 525 750 900 1175 2000 4150 4500 6500 13000 - - - - - - -
$ - - - - 2650 - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 496
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: 4/20/2021 1851 O $2.5 MS
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Base---11020523171141119530123-1-----496
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Total---11020523171141120530133-1-----498
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 O $2.5 MS PL
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Base7748748961162120012271377154316971968258537133903447259736316667370457432783585119230
8078819851175120912771432159417872174296137764093497260876435679771747566806087519692
0000001432159417872174296137764093497260876435679771747566806000
0000001488164618782379333738404282547362026554692173037701828600
1851 O $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7258208381095113111591303146116091869246435543738429057476081642867907167755982178918
7578269241107114012071356151016962067282736153922477658586197654969167298777884519364
0000001356151016962067282736153922477658586197654969167298777800
0000001408156017822266319136774106526159706312666970417428799800
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 3738
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
Grade: MS 60
Points: 3713
Owner: ASK123
 
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