Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 24,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $175.61 (11/12/2019)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1861 S $2.5 MS obverse 1861 S $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Only 24,000 Liberty Quarter Eagles of this date were originally produced, virtually all of which were circulated to one degree or another. This issue is scarce to rare in all grades, with the vast majority of survivors grading no finer than VF.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/22/2019

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1861 S $2.5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 525 615 750 1300 2150 3650 4500 5000 7500 16250 19750 23000 - - - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 30000 - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 102
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 62

The chart showing VG series, F series, 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: 11/12/2019 1861 S $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--351112145111420232--------102
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Total--351112145111420232--------102
 --3 %5 %11 %12 %14 %5 %11 %14 %20 %2 %3 %2 %-------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/26/2004 NGC XF 40   Teletrade Auction 1940, 1940/Lot# 1472 $852.50
5/27/2007 NGC VF 25   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 536 $322.00
4/28/2009 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2009 April-May Cincinnati, OH (CSNS) US Coin Auction #1124, 1124/Lot# 3635 $4,168.75
5/3/2010 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The May 2010 Online Auction, 54/Lot# 856 $3,336.15
12/1/2013 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/01/2013, 103/Lot# 154738 $3,146.00
1/7/2015 PCGS VG 10   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(9), 1216/Lot# 11283 $1,880.00
2/16/2017 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2017 February 16 - 19 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1252/Lot# 4928 $3,760.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 S $2.5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base627674725820118621692762322532923336340134433671391141624425470049885288560259296270
642691756942151323662916324733063357341535193751399442494516479650885392571160420
0000002916324733063357341535193751399442494516479650885392571100
0000003070326933213379342935953831407843374608489251885497582000
1861 S $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base10281138123913631558216126853345356439024417526457476753712910508151682224333110343203556236837
1065117212801428175923362905341836774074469954256082687882551206117526258653351334734359870
000000290534183677407446995425608268788255120611752625865335133473400
000000312534913789424549825586641870049382136151988529488339173514800
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