Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 140,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $178.33 (11/19/2019)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1852 O $2.5 MS obverse 1852 O $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: Although the quantity struck for this date is somewhat high, locating an example in any grade can be difficult. Surprisingly few 1852-O Liberty Head quarter eagles are offered for auction each year. The mintage for this issue is much higher than that of the Dahlonega and Charlotte Mint issues, but in Mint State the coins are of similar rarity. The finest coins graded to date by NGC only achieved a rating of MS 63, and there have only been a few of those, the last having appeared for sale in 2003. The Harry W. Bass Jr. Collection only contained one Mint State example. The date can be softly struck on the wing tips and in the central portions. There are two distinct varieties of the date seen. One variety is seen with a normal mintmark, and the other shows a very large or heavy O.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/21/2019

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1852 O $2.5 MS
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Base $ 300 315 350 450 585 750 875 1000 1850 4250 5650 7000 12500 - - - - - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 539
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63

The chart showing VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/19/2019 1852 O $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--11133072526812514351874-------539
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Total--11133072526812514851874-------544
 --0 %0 %2 %6 %13 %10 %13 %23 %27 %1 %3 %1 %1 %------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/23/1997 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 0956, 956/Lot# 1869 $337.60
1/8/2003 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2003, Orlando, FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #308, 308/Lot# 4697 $1,725.00
3/25/2003 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23041, 23041/Lot# 11437 $425.50
2/16/2009 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 336, 342/Lot# 1244 $373.75
3/15/2009 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #69034, 69034/Lot# 64347 $692.30
1/29/2012 PCGS XF 45   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1202 $402.50
2/5/2012 NGC XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/05/2012, 6/Lot# 15112 $330.00
7/27/2013 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 5068 $1,410.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1852 O $2.5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base54458862976487410481301151526183113369940264273479555685894623465876956733977388153
55860167480093211321372188227833308380841084447505256766007635167107083747278760
0000001372188227833308380841084447505256766007635167107083747200
0000001443225029483503391741904621531057856120646968337211760500
1852 O $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base72582083890899010951333158316581907264337834172466960489855150602329536432377303906140427
757826861935102511741416160817412152302339134338512973171159017805276743686538174395160
000000141616081741215230233913433851297317115901780527674368653817400
000000150016331824239834034042450355888586133252055032053372973861700
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 4172
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 2643
Owner: Beau Newman
 
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