Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,920
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $177.80 (11/17/2019)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1874 $2.5 MS obverse 1874 $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint was the sole producer of quarter eagles in 1874, and the combined business strike and proof mintage amounted to a mere 3,960 pieces. Despite this limited mintage, the 1874 is remarkably affordable in most circulated grades. At the finer levels of Mint State preservation, however, the 1874 is just as rare as its original mintage would suggest.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/23/2019

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1874 $2.5 MS
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Base $ 320 330 360 450 640 800 900 1000 1100 2150 2750 4000 8000 12500 - - - - - -
1874 $2.5 MS PL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - 1550 2750 3500 - 10500 - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 126
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 64

The chart showing 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: 11/12/2019 1874 $2.5 MS
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Base----1142923484203-2------117
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Total----1142923484203-2------117
 ----1 %1 %3 %2 %8 %20 %41 %3 %17 %3 %-2 %------ 
1874 $2.5 MS PL
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Base----------413-1-------9
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Total----------413-1-------9
 ----------44 %11 %33 %-11 %------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
3/25/2007 PCGS MS 61   Teletrade Auction 2344, 2344/Lot# 2436 $3,136.00
5/27/2007 PCGS MS 61   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1514 $2,127.50
4/27/2011 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(5), 1154/Lot# 6353 $808.45
8/15/2011 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 3733 $836.05
11/29/2012 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(3), 1177/Lot# 4794 $1,527.50
11/3/2013 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/03/2013, 99/Lot# 149212 $1,017.50
11/2/2014 PCGS MS 98   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10534 $300.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1874 $2.5 MS PL
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Base84791193098311311410144214721644214724892828346738005316610977041163316862248283709838413
86891794810321224142114521529181222612602304135784305558066419014133761951728918375360
0000001452152918122261260230413578430555806641901413376195172891800
00000014621587197923752715325436894811584571721032315119221733300800
1874 $2.5 MS
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Base79385687492510661333136313931558177620292699308036394499587974311126216374241773622137513
8148628919721155134313731448163118602252282632663926495963968708129661897528192366520
0000001373144816311860225228263266392649596396870812966189752819200
0000001383150317031945247629533453421254196914998514670215763220600
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 3080
Owner: herk 52
 
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