Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 18,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $176.83 (12/7/2019)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1872 S $2.5 MS obverse 1872 S $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This issue's tiny mintage of 18,000 pieces barely exposes the tip of the iceberg concerning its rarity in Mint State. Apparently these coins saw heavy circulation and we suspect that fewer than 175 examples are extant in all grades.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/23/2019

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1872 S $2.5 MS
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Base $ 300 315 350 470 575 800 975 1150 1850 3750 4500 6000 11500 16500 - - - - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 197
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64

The chart showing F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/3/2019 1872 S $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---115133615193350-7332------197
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Total---115133615193351-7332------198
 ---1 %8 %7 %18 %8 %10 %17 %26 %-4 %2 %2 %1 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
4/2/1993 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions '93 National Gold Convention Bullet #102, 102/Lot# 496 $231.00
6/25/2007 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 153, 158/Lot# 2738 $1,955.00
9/19/2010 NGC AU 50   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 2776 $661.25
11/28/2010 NGC VF 30   Teletrade Auction 2967, 2967/Lot# 2606 $414.00
7/26/2012 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers The August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 140/Lot# 382 $345.00
8/2/2012 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(3), 1173/Lot# 4497 $1,233.75
6/23/2013 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/23/2013, 80/Lot# 123327 $1,001.00
8/8/2014 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3494, 6045/Lot# 21434 $646.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 S $2.5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base53958462972986311931505176226443071359138854491477157716382674271167506791283348772
55459966277397312971590205627863244368940874584510459746502686672467641805284800
0000001590205627863244368940874584510459746502686672467641805200
0000001676235029283417378742894677543761786622699173767776819300
1872 S $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6537838028298919741363160917071989230236014032451255636385105841557023244351833644837746
6967898118509191104144516421801209327353745419248625837778512246181282722435605368810
00000014451642180120932735374541924862583777851224618128272243560500
00000015271674189521983168388843525213611191841390820686312033602600
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 2302
Owner: Beau Newman
 
Grade: XF 45
Points: 1363
Owner: Ed Ron Collection
 
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