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: $235.41 (8/15/2020)
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: 8/7/2020

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1852 O $2.5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 300 315 430 485 595 665 780 900 1950 3925 5650 8525 12500 - - - - - - -
$ - - - - 2500 - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 540
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63

The chart showing G series, 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: 8/11/2020 1852 O $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-111133073526912514051974-------540
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Total-111133073526912514451974-------544
 -0%0%0%2%6%13%10%13%23%26%1%3%1%1%------- 

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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