Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 153,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $177.97 (11/21/2019)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1854 O $2.5 MS obverse 1854 O $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: In lower grades, the 1854-O Liberty Head quarter eagle is not too difficult to locate. It was not so long ago that the date was considered little more than a common issue. As can be seen from the population data, About Uncirculated examples are rather plentiful. In Mint State the 1854-O quarter eagle can be considered a rare coin. The finest example was graded at the MS 64 level and last sold in the Harry W. Bass Jr. sale in 1999. It has been reported that this date was represented in the Jackson, Tennessee, hoard of gold coins found in 1985. One of the most memorable features of this issue is the weakness of strike in the central portions of the date. Many examples are found with this anomaly; otherwise, the date is usually well struck.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/21/2019

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1854 O $2.5 MS
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Base $ 300 315 340 415 485 500 575 600 1000 1850 2500 6000 10000 20000 - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 545
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/19/2019 1854 O $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---11317613261140174420133-------539
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Total---11317613261140174420133-------539
 ---0 %2 %3 %11 %6 %11 %26 %32 %1 %4 %2 %1 %------- 
1854 O $2.5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1-32--------6
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Total----------1-32--------6
 ----------17 %-50 %33 %-------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/2/1996 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions February 1996 Long Beach Bullet Sale #150, 150/Lot# 598 $1,045.00
10/27/2010 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2010 October Stamford Coinfest Signature US Coin Auction #1145, 1145/Lot# 4621 $1,725.00
3/10/2011 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 565, 572/Lot# 8565 $736.00
5/27/2012 NGC AU 55   Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 1941 $471.50
12/17/2012 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3400, 3400/Lot# 3603 $345.00
12/1/2013 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/01/2013, 103/Lot# 148163 $346.50
10/10/2014 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 15752 $708.53


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1854 O $2.5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base77487489694999011001186123515471799211726173021407255298405104421593524616384523954541125
80788191496310271129120213391631190522842752337145586488908412273188292922838816400720
00000012021339163119052284275233714558648890841227318829292283881600
00000012191443171520112450288637225043744697631410421722338403918100
1854 O $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base72582083889193310361117116612261421175324952885390253167138101001546723969375513887840239
7578268569059671063113311861291153220002625322443735923812511889183012849637993393320
00000011331186129115322000262532244373592381251188918301284963799300
00000011501206135616422248275535634845653191131367821135330243843600
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 5316
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1753
Owner: StanJustice
 
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