Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 20
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $178.21 (12/12/2019)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1878 $2.5 PF obverse 1878 $2.5 PF 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: 4/19/2019

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1878 $2.5 PF
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1878 $2.5 PF UC
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 11
Low Grade: 63
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 65

The chart showing 63 series, 64 series, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/10/2019 1878 $2.5 PF
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Base----------------1-----1
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Total----------------1-----1
 ----------------100 %----- 
1878 $2.5 PF CA
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Total--------------111-----3
 --------------33 %33 %33 %----- 
1878 $2.5 PF UC
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Base---------------43-----7
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Total---------------43-----7
 ---------------57 %43 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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1/12/2005 PCGS PF 64   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2005 Ft. Lauderdale FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #360, 360/Lot# 30413 $21,850.00
7/11/2019 PCGS PF 62   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2019 July 11 - 14 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1297/Lot# 3152 $18,600.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 $2.5 PF CA
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1878 $2.5 PF UC
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Base11111111243631313891429647595336608968208428958811733111
11111118122667338440264450495155876332735688141030311733110
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1878 $2.5 PF
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Base1111111119852585324736014141456550495656707777048686109031334616632
11111116622185280533653781428247265251612972868031942511717144410
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000000113232385302634833961442348875453660374958358101641253100
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