Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 5,320
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $155.53 (10/17/2017)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1871 $2.5 MS obverse 1871 $2.5 MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

Business strike production of the 1871 quarter eagle amounted to just 5,320 pieces, a tiny figure, yet one in line with the low overall mintages of the smaller gold denominations in the post-Civil War era. The smaller coins were less useful in international trade than larger denominations such as the double eagle, and so gold dollars, quarter eagles, and half eagles were decidedly out-of-favor.

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1871 $2.5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 117
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 64


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11/7/2003 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2003 November Signature Sale #334, 334/Lot# 7259 $2,300.00
9/10/2007 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2420, 2420/Lot# 2088 $1,092.00
2/9/2009 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 333, 339/Lot# 1072 $767.05
11/3/2010 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 4902 $1,782.50
10/13/2011 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(3), 1160/Lot# 4724 $4,312.50
1/19/2014 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/19/2014, 185/Lot# 165733 $671.27
4/26/2017 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2017 April 26 - 30 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1254/Lot# 5194 $881.25
9/7/2017 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2017 September 7 - 10 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1259/Lot# 8017 $780.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 $2.5 MS Prooflike
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1871 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base674820838882966100511861333168319072197255527133033388553067704871012385179062629927320
72382685391097910651235145017582004231626082820331743596105803999351422520704266390
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 1907
Owner: GregLach
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 1907
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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