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: $154.86 (10/21/2017)
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: 8/8/2017

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1853 D $2.5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 49
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 62


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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
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 61   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 3701 $15,525.00
8/11/2011 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(4), 1158/Lot# 5372 $8,625.00
1/1/2013 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 12602 $4,406.25
1/8/2014 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1201/Lot# 5362 $25,850.00
10/31/2016 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 31 - November 2 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1241/Lot# 5461 $4,935.00
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


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1853 $2.5 MS D Prooflike
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Base1663176318681977236230993472379648665411608764737322772181358565901294769958104571097511511
1696179819042105260732233580415250475636621567567455785982788714916696361012410629111530
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1853 $2.5 MS D
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Base15581609170719282335314937834261440345265071574764737960884913380182912546136067373553867740033
15751642178120642606336039424308444447085296598969698256103591501720681289963649637796391290
0000003942430844444708529659896969825610359150172068128996364963779600
0000004102435644854889552262317464855311870166542307132532369263823600
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 5071
Owner: Stiel Coin Collection
 
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