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: $232.05 (8/12/2020)
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
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Base $ 525 615 750 1300 2150 3650 4500 5000 7500 16250 19750 23000 - - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 106
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 62

The chart showing G series, 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: 8/11/2020 1861 S $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-1351211147101620232--------106
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Total-1351211147101620232--------106
 -1%3%5%11%10%13%7%9%15%19%2%3%2%-------- 

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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Grade: AU 55
Points: 3902
Owner: NewByzantium
 
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