Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Dahlonega
Mintage: 3,178
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $176.04 (11/11/2019)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1853 D $2.5 MS obverse 1853 D $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: As the tiny mintage would suggest, the 1853-D Liberty Head quarter eagle must be considered rare in any grade. Probably fewer than 100 coins still survive in all grades. Population data indicate that most 1853-D quarter eagles fall in the Extremely Fine grade range. The issue is usually weak in some portions of the surface, with the denticles often quite softly impressed. A few coins of the date exhibit deep prooflike surfaces, an unusual quality for a coin from the Dahlonega Mint. The Harry W. Bass Jr. coin (sold in October 1999) is the best example of a prooflike 1853-D quarter eagle that we have seen. The finest example seen for the date is the Duke’s Creek NGC MS 62 coin, which was sold by Mid-American Rare Coin Auctions in 1985 as a part of the Jasper Robinson Collection for the then princely sum of $18,150. An NGC MS 62 recently crossed the auction block for $25,850 in January, 2014.

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Last Updated: 8/21/2019

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1853 D $2.5 MS
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Base $ 950 1200 1700 2900 4400 6750 7000 7500 8500 15000 18500 31500 - - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 48
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 62

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/5/2019 1853 D $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----242671010-25--------48
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Total----242671010-25--------48
 ----4 %8 %4 %13 %15 %21 %21 %-4 %10 %-------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/6/1999 NGC XF 40   Teletrade Auction 1171, 1171/Lot# 1676 $2,004.50
5/4/2005 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2005 St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Auction #372, 372/Lot# 8455 $7,475.00
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 61   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 3701 $15,525.00
10/30/2014 PCGS MS 61   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 10041 $12,337.50
11/6/2014 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(2), 1211/Lot# 3914 $13,512.50
4/26/2017 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2017 April 26 - 30 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(3), 1254/Lot# 4207 $16,460.58
2/22/2018 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2018 February 22 - 26 LB Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1272/Lot# 4129 $4,320.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1853 D $2.5 MS PL
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Base166317631868208028993652394848434866541160876473732285881041618367000000
169617981939235331503751424648515048563662166756774491971306618367000000
000000424648515048563662166756774491971306618367000000
000000454548585229586263447039816698071571718367000000
1853 D $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base155816091707197727673496378346494713479352756105682082931007413380000000
157516421797224030103592407246704740495455526343731188871117613380000000
000000407246704740495455526343731188871117613380000000
000000436046924766511458286582780294801227813380000000
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 5275
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
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