Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 286,240
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $152.03 (6/25/2017)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1878 $2.5 MS obverse 1878 $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint struck a not insignificant 286,240 mint state gold quarter eagles in 1878. However, many were placed into circulation. While lower-end mint state coins are available, coins or higher in gem are extremely rare. Even though over a quarter of a million mint state quarter eagles were struck this year, the Mint only produced a mere 20 proofs. This has made the proof 1787 quarter eagle among the rarest proof quarter eagles with perhaps 10-12 known.



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1878 $2.5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2399
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
7/30/2007 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 163, 168/Lot# 1873 $368.00
3/22/2009 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2668, 2668/Lot# 2621 $241.50
12/2/2010 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2010 December Houston Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1147/Lot# 8726 $891.25
9/4/2011 NGC MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/04/2011, 134/Lot# 16151 $577.50
1/29/2012 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1221 $322.00
8/26/2012 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/26/2012, 37/Lot# 51174 $286.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 25181 $653.30
11/2/2014 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131445/Lot# 23917 $1,299.55
8/7/2016 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131633/Lot# 26184 $258.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base327354386420456527563597618631650663745982130915582754344745416404918713396
3363643974324795395746046226376546908241091139219562985381151627331105900
000000574604622637654690824109113921956298538115162733100
000000585611626643658717903120014752355321641765783825900
1878 $2.5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3513844184534895656026406596746957097941044138416442885360147306649950613817
3623954294655145776146466646816997378771157147020573123397753697601109430
000000614646664681699737877115714702057312339775369760100
000000627652669688704765960127015572471336243536009855300
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 2754
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 891
Owner: gherrmann44
 
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