Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 7,469
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $176.18 (11/11/2019)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1860 C $2.5 MS obverse 1860 C $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The 1860-C Liberty Head quarter eagle is the last issue from the Charlotte mint and is quite popular. It is always seen weakly struck on rough planchets. Only a few coins of the date are offered for sale each year. Most of these coins are in About Uncirculated condition at best. When David Akers wrote his book on quarter eagles, he reported only one Mint State coin. Years later Doug Winter estimated three in that grade. Now, NGC reports 11 Mint State coins. The population reports make this coin seem less rare than it really is. The finest-known example appears to be a NGC MS 63 coin that surfaced in the early 1990s. The coin more recently sold for $25,850 at auction in January 2014.

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Last Updated: 8/22/2019

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1860 C $2.5 MS
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 117
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63

The chart showing 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: 11/5/2019 1860 C $2.5 MS
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Base----8912141624222613-------117
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Total----8912141624222613-------117
 ----7 %8 %10 %12 %14 %21 %19 %2 %5 %1 %3 %------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
8/13/1999 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 1999 ANA Signature Sale #208, 208/Lot# 7871 $1,955.00
5/30/2005 NGC AU 55   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 793 $4,600.00
2/18/2009 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2655, 2655/Lot# 1825 $6,900.00
7/8/2010 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 495, 501/Lot# 7666 $6,900.00
11/20/2011 NGC XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/20/2011, 145/Lot# 15113 $1,980.00
1/3/2012 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(5), 1166/Lot# 4767 $15,549.15
5/30/2012 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 4185 $3,593.75
3/21/2013 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2013 March 21 -22 & 24 US Coin Signature Auction - Dallas Session(3), 1183/Lot# 4125 $2,300.65


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1860 C $2.5 MS PL
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Base17491847194121132451304733803496403251155800648869257683881713672000000
178218781998222626503158341936754393534360296634717880611043513672000000
000000341936754393534360296634717880611043513672000000
000000345738534754557262596779743084391205413672000000
1860 C $2.5 MS
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Base15831634173019072161269929973260363945395104592263857198832013254000000
16001666178919922340279830853386393947275377607666567572996513254000000
00000030853386393947275377607666567572996513254000000
000000317235134239491656496231692779461160913254000000
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 6385
Owner: Hornets Nest
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 3639
Owner: JTO
 
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