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: $245.45 (8/10/2020)
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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Last Updated: 6/12/2020

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1878 $2.5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2502
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/4/2020 1878 $2.5 MS
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Base----22641091551635797252861342972---2491
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Total----226410915516357973028814231721--2509
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1878 $2.5 MS PL
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Base----------1-44-2------11
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Total----------1-44-2------11
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 $2.5 MS PL
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Base697853856874911948959977100110181051115912061242158919413172435066447015950613817
749854862886923952965985100710291087117512181358170623513565511567687845109430
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00000097199310121040112311901230147318242762395758796891867600
1878 $2.5 MS
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Base653783802820856891903916941958990108811381173150518433033417264006760918713396
6967898088328688959079249479691023110511501284161822403413491565207569105900
000000907924947969102311051150128416182240341349156520756900
000000912933952979105511211161139417302636379256576640837800
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3033
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 3033
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
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