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: $158.57 (9/19/2017)
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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Last Updated: 8/8/2017

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1861 S $2.5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 500 575 675 850 1550 3750 4300 5250 6950 10500 13000 19500 - - - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 33000 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 94
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 62


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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5/27/2007 NGC VF 25   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 536 $322.00
2/14/2008 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2008 February Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #460, 460/Lot# 2376 $2,760.00
2/15/2010 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 2812, 2812/Lot# 1699 $2,875.00
5/3/2010 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The May 2010 Online Auction, 54/Lot# 856 $3,336.15
5/30/2012 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(3), 1171/Lot# 4819 $4,600.00
7/11/2013 PCGS VG 10   Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(6), 1187/Lot# 9465 $705.00
9/7/2014 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 206661 $1,450.00
9/9/2016 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 9 - 12 The Twelve Oaks Collection Signature Auction Session(3), 1244/Lot# 13972 $25,850.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 S $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base10281138123913631558216126853345356439024417526457476753712910508151682224333110343203556236837
1065117212801428175923362905341836774074469954256082687882551206117526258653351334734359870
000000290534183677407446995425608268788255120611752625865335133473400
000000312534913789424549825586641870049382136151988529488339173514800
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