Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,404,668
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $179.01 (12/12/2019)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1853 $2.5 MS obverse 1853 $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Readily available in the MS60 to 63 grade range due to the existence of a hoard, but as with so many other issues in the 19th-century U.S. gold series, only a small coterie of Uncirculated survivors can claim membership in the MS65 category, a claim that is attested by NGC population data.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/21/2019

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1853 $2.5 MS
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1577
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 65

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/10/2019 1853 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--1-46181722137483293003211457717-----1577
----------------3-----3
--------------4411----10
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Total--1-461817221374832930032114981211----1590
 --0 %-0 %0 %1 %1 %1 %9 %30 %2 %19 %20 %9 %5 %1 %0 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/27/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 1307 $345.00
10/30/2006 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2006 October Dallas Online Session #429, 429/Lot# 9787 $488.75
10/29/2007 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2442, 2442/Lot# 1883 $2,184.00
12/3/2009 NGC MS 64   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 17760/Lot# 1164 $1,989.00
1/31/2010 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 2072 $299.00
8/2/2012 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(3), 1173/Lot# 4479 $1,292.50
6/16/2013 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/16/2013, 79/Lot# 106611 $301.40
10/30/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 10039 $1,410.00
8/21/2016 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131635/Lot# 30415 $493.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1853 $2.5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5325756156808318949009059831034110511521515153720012483392941814444472050095310
54658863673085289690193110001057112012731522169121612965401342684536481651090
00000090193110001057112012731522169121612965401342684536481600
00000090395710171081113613941529184623223447409743564628491200
1853 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base67480282088290092593394996699010131159121914211707236844315049612788681303913648
71780884188890892893895597499810621179128615161927305646375408704110258132420
0000009389559749981062117912861516192730564637540870411025800
00000094496098210051110119913541612214837434843576879541164900
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 1421
Owner: BillJones
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 1421
Owner: GregLach
 
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