Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,283,788
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $177.11 (11/21/2019)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1861 $2.5 MS obverse 1861 $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Among earlier P-mint dates in the series, the 1861 New Reverse is among the more obtainable issues at the Uncirculated level.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/22/2019

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1861 $2.5 MS
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 578
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

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, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/19/2019 1861 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----1328915117211341506440122----578
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Total----1328915117211341506440122----578
 ----0 %1 %0 %1 %2 %3 %20 %4 %23 %26 %11 %7 %2 %0 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/14/2003 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 1724, 1724/Lot# 1343 $209.00
4/6/2006 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2006 April Atlanta, GA (ANA) Signature Auction #402, 402/Lot# 1656 $1,495.00
2/1/2009 NGC MS 61   Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 1371 $719.00
1/6/2010 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2010 January Orlando, FL FUN US Coin Auction #1136, 1136/Lot# 3846 $2,760.00
12/2/2012 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 728, 737/Lot# 11105 $1,300.00
8/30/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3353 $1,997.50
1/12/2014 NGC MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/12/2014, 180/Lot# 162779 $860.20
8/2/2017 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2017 August 2 - 6 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Denver Session(6), 1258/Lot# 8077 $646.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 $2.5 MS
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Base111147753957962065968472174580210591531179930803669511572561046715342
1111594975525926336676967297648871216162022263276415158288326120920
000000592633667696729764887121616202226327641515828832600
000000606646675708737783973137317092653347246336542939600
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1166
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
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