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: $156.20 (10/19/2017)
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: 8/8/2017

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1851 O $2.5 MS
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Base $ 300 310 345 415 490 850 965 1350 2400 4550 5800 7750 14000 24500 - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 457
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Price
1/20/2008 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 2478, 2478/Lot# 2606 $1,008.00
10/12/2008 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #68103, 68103/Lot# 63484 $690.00
5/20/2010 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 481, 487/Lot# 6534 $1,069.50
9/19/2010 PCGS AU 50   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 2770 $661.25
4/1/2012 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/01/2012, 16/Lot# 41991 $1,100.00
3/31/2013 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131315/Lot# 23143 $352.50
7/27/2013 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 31168 $1,004.63
11/6/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(6), 1211/Lot# 8740 $381.88
9/9/2016 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 9 - 12 The Twelve Oaks Collection Signature Auction Session(2), 1244/Lot# 13348 $1,645.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 $2.5 MS O Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base854916980104814832240477660896281640465816694739796361012310629111531169612258128401344214064
874937100211931735308552136153632264636618692881439798102911080311334118831245213040136490
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0000005651621763636522665671628889996010460109781151512070126461324100
1851 $2.5 MS O
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base725820838900101311241303155816732009269936574080463059227374169372675142642440994559347124
757826859938105011841388159617852239301837984263506164061056220208320484312844597461030
000000138815961785223930183798426350616406105622020832048431284459700
000000147316351897246933383939444754916890137492348037345436134509500
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 4080
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 2699
Owner: Beau Newman
 
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